Trustee Russell Knaack, Mayor Jim Daley, Lt. Gov. Quinn,
Trustee Margaret Sabo, Debra Norvil. (Click to enlarge)

On December 18, 2007, the Village Board passed an ordinance regulating outdoor lighting. For more information, please contact Village Hall at (708) 301-0632.

The Village was honored on March 26, 2008 by Lt. Governor Pat Quinn for our Lighting Ordinance.

During the Earth Hour celebration on Saturday, March 28, 2009, Homer Glen Mayor Jim Daley presented Representative Judy Biggert with a copy of the Homer Glen Lighting Ordinance, encouraging her to "spread it around the world."  Homer Glen’s efforts to bring awareness to light pollution has attracted national attention.  The concept to “not use light that you don’t need and shine the light you need, where you need it” is an instrumental part of the ordinance.  Mayor Daley noted that the night sky is a natural resource that Home Glen is dedicated to preserving.

Print Village of Homer Glen Outdoor Lighting Ordinance No. OR12-040 dated 08/14/12 (Replaces OR11-018)

Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting Website

The International Dark-Sky Association

 

Outdoor Lighting Examples

Click here to print examples of fully shielded and not fully shielded lighting. (Dated 05/28/13)

 

Resource Information

Light Bulb

Outdoor Lighting Ordinances: Proven Alternatives to the M.L.O.

Pattern Outdoor Lighting Code (the code on which the Village of Homer Glen's Outdoor Lighting ordinance is based)

Light Fixture Theory 101

The Challenges of Finding Good Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

The Color of Lights - More Than Meets the Eye

Digital Billboards: New Regulations for New Technology

Fireflies and Lightbulbs: Does Manmade Light Impact Ecosystems

Outdoor Lighting and Crime Prevention

Phantom Load vs. Monstrous Waste

Bright as the Full Moon: How Much to Light Up the Night

Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting Current News

U.S. News and World Report Article: Turning Out the Lights

U.S. News and World Report Article: Light Pollution - Burning Earth at Both Ends

National Geographic Article: Light Pollution - Our Vanishing Night

 

References:

Illinois Coalition for Responsible Outdoor Lighting

Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition