Outdoor Lighting

The City of Aspen will soon be updating the lighting section of the Land Use Code to recognize current technologies in outdoor lighting, as well as align with community goals with an emphasis on controlling and reducing light trespass, light pollution, and glare in nighttime environments.

Street and pedestrian lighting play a key role in how people experience communities at night. Lighting can create a sense of place and identity throughout a city. It can also adversely affect people and wildlife habitats with glare and light trespass.

When designed with purpose and clear intent, our light can enhance the aesthetic character of Aspen, as well as improve visibility, visual comfort, wayfinding, public safety, and security. If poorly designed, lighting could create undesirable effects such as glare, light trespass, and light pollution.

As we move forward in updating our lighting policies, we will focus on key areas including:

  • Safety and security.
  • Protection of the night skies.
  • Human and environmental concerns.

Flipping the Switch on Outdoor Lighting

Visioning Sessions

April 19, 2022, 8 p.m. & April 20, 2022, 5 p.m.
Aspen Police Department | 520 E. Main Street, Aspen

The City of Aspen is committed to making informed decisions based on public input to frame policy language in the outdoor lighting code. We need your help to do so. Members of the community, both with technical lighting expertise and without, are invited to participate in a two-part visioning session to continue the work being done to illuminate Aspen creatively and responsibly. 

Throughout these sessions, the City of Aspen will gather data from nighttime lighting surveys to compare to lighting measurements. This will provide a common visual experience amongst all who are involved to help facilitate discussion. Photos and data will be presented to better understand where opinions differ or where they align.

The session experience will include:

  1. Tour sites that have examples of outdoor lighting options and complete surveys about their experiences.
  2. A light source color demonstration to engage in both an educational and live visual demonstration of a variety of light source spectra, with surveys to gather data on the subjective character and preferences.
  3. Visioning meetings to develop overarching principles, goals, and outcomes from outdoor lighting standards.

Dinner included.

RSVP to Michelle Bonfils at michelle.bonfils@aspen.gov.