Duffy Electric with Tucson Skyline at Night


In 2012 the City of Tucson/Pima County adopted an outdoor lighting code (ordinance) for protection of access to the dark night sky.  This ordinance is in place to accommodate the observatories in the area, such as Kitt Peak.  Less light pollution allows for better viewing.  The ordinance requires exterior light fixtures to have full cutoff so that “no light can occur at or above an angle of 90 degrees”, and “the rated color temperature of light sources shall not exceed 3500K”.  The ordinance allows for class 2 misdemeanor fines for entities that do not comply.  Most fixtures that can be purchased on line do not comply with the ordinance.