Night Ban of Lights in France

Paris at NightThe French government will force shops and commercial properties to switch off their light at night in a bid to save energy and cut light pollution.

The ban will come into force on 1 July 2013 and applies to both interior lighting and the external lighting of building facades.

Shops and commercial properties have to:

  • Turn off interior lighting in offices one hour after staff leave the premises
  • Switch lighting in shop windows and commercial premises off between 1 am and 7 am
  • Turn facade lighting off no later than 1 am.

These measures are expected to save around 2 TWh per year of energy – equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 750,000 households – and save 250,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

There are exceptions to the new law including holidays and Christmas illuminations and certain tourist attractions.

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8 responses to “Night Ban of Lights in France

  1. Hopefully this is the start of a new revolution in simple measures to save enormous amounts of energy, and help give the night back to nocturnal wildlife.

    • A lot can be achieved through simple measures. Behavioral changes are unfortunately challenging. Hopefully this will work and inspire others to make sensible savings.

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