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Dark Sky Ordinance: Promontory, Glenwild, & Park City Outdoor Lighting

Lighting your property requires finesse. Especially when it comes to dark sky friendly lighting in Park City, Utah.

Why is being dark sky friendly so important to Utahans?

Park City Resident's enjoy the dark skies and being able to see the stars at night. Many residents move here from larger cities where light pollution completely obscures the night skies. The dark nights in Park City are viewed as an added  benefit to living in a small mountain town.  

Utah is leading the nation with more dark sky national parks than any other state in the US, or any other country in the world. In short, dark skies are important to Utah residents and being dark sky friendly is everyone's responsibility. Preserving the night sky and the tranquil atmosphere we've all come to love and enjoy in Park City is only made possible by everyone working together.


The big question: how can we be responsible stewards with our outdoor lighting? 

Because of dark sky ordinances, park city is a very dark place to live. While dark sky ordinance are a great benefit, they can also present a challenge for folks looking to make their home a little safer and easier to traverse in the dark. 

Are you trying to find a solution for your lighting needs? Don't fret. Dark sky friendly lighting is very doable when it is done respectfully with a light hand.  

Too Much Light

One of the problems with most outdoor lighting solutions are that they create more of an eye sore than an understated solution. For example, a motion sensing floodlight on top of a garage will produce plenty of light for the driveway. However, it will also shine into the sky and cast light into the neighbor's windows down the street. 

To see our surroundings at night and be safe,  we actually require far less light then we might realize. Low, warmly toned lighting levels should be our goal.


This is where low voltage landscape lighting comes in. 

Landscape lighting can be tailored to light a property with shrouded fixtures that keep the light from shining where it shouldn't.

Keeping the skies dark is about soft lights illuminating the key features of a property responsibly.

The key to lighting for a dark sky

Up lighting is difficult to do without the light traveling into the sky. This is where down lighting, path lighting, and other creative solutions can be such a great advantage. To be dark sky friendly, the lights need to produce a soft output and shouldn't shine upwards into the sky.


Its really up to all of us to keep Park City's skies dark and be responsible with our outdoor lighting.

How can Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah help? If you have concerns about how to light your property to be dark sky friendly, consider consulting with an outdoor lighting expert. 

Landscape lighting makes all the difference

At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people’s homes and businesses across the Wasatch front and beyond.

If you have an upcoming project you’d like help with, call us at (801)440-7647 for more information, schedule a free consultation, or feel free to simply fill out a contact form on our website,

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