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Xmas Light Regulation
updated: Feb 06, 2014, 9:05 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Are there any regulations about Christmas lights in the City of Santa Barbara? A few homes in our neighborhood have extremely bright colored Christmas lights still up and it is almost mid-February. At this point they have become light pollution. Thanks

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 COMMENT 492467P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:12 AM

I think leaving Christmas decorations up well into February is a disgrace. But that is just my opinion and doesn't mean much. In light of this opinion if there aren't any laws there should be......

 

 COMMENT 492468P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:15 AM

I don't really mind holiday lights being left up, but don't like the rest of the holiday decorations. When I was growing up, we frequently left the xmas lights up all year (due to laziness) and thought it was really funny when we'd turn them on when we had a party in the summer and the folks were out of town.

 

 COMMENT 492475 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:22 AM

I hope there isn't a rule about it. Sure it can be annoying but there are too many rules in this town already. If it's their property they should be able to do what they want with it. I definitely would't want the city, govt, or neighbors to tell me what to do with what I own.

 

 COMMENT 492478 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:26 AM

First world problems!!

 

 COMMENT 492479 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:27 AM

Only 321 days until Xmas! Let it be.

 

 COMMENT 492480P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:27 AM

475, to late they already have plenty of rules/laws about what home/land owners can and can not do on their 'property'.

 

 COMMENT 492491P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:35 AM

I'm glad people leave the 'holiday lights' on while the sun sets early. Why not extend the holiday feeling through the dark months? Lights are festive and consume very little energy. Besides the downtown sparkle lights reflect off shiny knife blades and make it so much easier to avoid tripping over transients camping in the middle of the sidewalks or dealing drugs in the planters.

 

 COMMENT 492494 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:38 AM

First week of February: "almost mid-February." By that logic is it still the holiday season too.

 

 COMMENT 492505 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:50 AM

Not sure in which neighborhood the OP resides.....but as I didn't put any lights up at Christmas, I'm going to put some up now and leave them up through summer. Just because I can.

 

 COMMENT 492512 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 09:57 AM

Let us create a 'rule' to allow decorative lights to be used from the end of "daylight savings time" until the March equinox.

 

 COMMENT 492514 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:02 AM

Ojai has cracked down on this sort thing along with porch lights and other unnecessary lights that left on all the time with a recently passed light ordinance. The new ordinance has allowed for truly peaceful nights, less energy waste, and more stars to see. It's a win.

 

 COMMENT 492518 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:11 AM

In today's world we couldn't pass rules controlling Christmas lights. Perhaps we can outlaw holiday lights.

 

 COMMENT 492519 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:11 AM

Now if we can only do something about those annoying street lamps and headlights. The moon can be way to bright sometimes also, we need to spray the lunar surface with some kind of non-reflective coating.

 

 COMMENT 492522 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:16 AM

Just wait until the big box stores all load up with Xmas decorations in July. That'll give you the 'ol Xmas "buy buy buy" spirit! Bleah.

 

 COMMENT 492530 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:24 AM

Yes, in fact there are!!! Put up many, put them up often, and keep them up all year!!! They are pretty! ANd, if anyone complains, put MORE up!!

 

 COMMENT 492531 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:25 AM

Leaving them up is one thing, turning them on is quite another. I would be embarrassed by the show of laziness. Some people bring down the neighborhood, while others cling to pride of ownership, or at least impressions. I sometimes wish I were one of those light keeper uppers, then I wouldn't have a clue about respect or consideration, or any of those nagging details.

 

 COMMENT 492533P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:34 AM

We put some lights in our front window (dim, white LED's that don't annoy the neighbors) that we normally keep on through January, to take advantage of the early sunsets and long nights. My wife calls them "winter lights", not Christmas lights. I try to have them down by groundhog day.

 

 COMMENT 492542 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:50 AM

Colored lights! Decorations!! OH THE HORROR!!!

 

 COMMENT 492543 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:51 AM

Mr Grinch!

 

 COMMENT 492548P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 11:08 AM

There are three homes in the West Beach area that keep them up year 'round. I like it.

 

 COMMENT 492550 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 11:13 AM

Drug test them if their Christmas lights are up past mid-February.

 

 COMMENT 492552 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 11:13 AM

Like everybody else, I don't see the harm. Lots of places have colored or tiny clear lights year round--who cares? One of my neighbors keeps their Christmas tree up, lit and highly visible, well into Spring. The first time I saw it, I assumed they were waiting to celebrate with a loved one who was perhaps overseas in the military. My mother in law kept a decorated Christmas tree on her front porch year round...she was 90, a little dotty, it made her happy, so where's the harm that is more important than letting an elderly widow have a bit of fun?

 

 COMMENT 492556 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 11:19 AM

WOW, Our beautiful city of Solvang has white lights everywhere, its simply appealing to the eye....

 

 COMMENT 492567 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 11:49 AM

i love the colorfull lights at night no matter time of year. I know valentine days comming mabey you could ask they only display red and white:)

 

 COMMENT 492578P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 12:06 PM

It's not small holiday lights that cause light pollution, for gosh sake. It's those horrid farm lights (used to call them mercury vapor lamps) mounted high on utility poles, and commercial parking lot lighting, street lights, grocery stores with all their box signs, etc that cause light pollution. In Mexico, the center plazas of small towns keep multicolored string lights up and it looks lovely. Enchanting even. Leave 'em up and on if desired, but not flashing please.

 

 COMMENT 492582P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 12:09 PM

I live in a suburban area without street lights, at the dead end of a street, last house. I leave on my three outside bulbs (low wattage fluorescent) all night. I feel a bit less vulnerable, enough to be able to sleep at night. Doubt they disturb anyone.

 

 COMMENT 492584 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 12:18 PM

NIMBYs crack me up. So what if people leave their lights up? It's still winter, and it doesn't harm you. I'm much more offended by people spraying off sidewalks or having their sprinklers go off during the hottest part of the day during a drought.

 

 COMMENT 492587 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 12:24 PM

There should be an ordinance pertaining to annoying lawn ornaments. Seen some doozies in this town.

 

 COMMENT 492608 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 12:54 PM

Humbug! With all the problems and real troubles in the world today, why in the world worry over a few harmless lights? Not to mention the personal freedom of those who like to cheerfully display them year round on their own property.

The gyrating dazzling dizzy reindeer and his tipsy elfin friends dancing on my neighbor's roof I can do without after 12th night, but decorative lights - give us a break!

 

 COMMENT 492640 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 01:44 PM

One good reason not to live in Ojai. Don't their electeds have anything better to do, like dig wells for drought relief?

 

 COMMENT 492660 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 02:06 PM

Dude next door lights his place up like Vegas starting in November and usually has them down by March. It's cool - helps me find my place when I'm wiped out from another 14 hour day at work. Don't be petty - life is too damn short for that. Way too many people living here with waaaay too much time on their hands to worry about silly stuff like this.

 

 COMMENT 492662 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 02:13 PM

Go live in a house or condo with an HOA if you don't like it.

 

 COMMENT 492670 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 02:33 PM

Not sure about here, but you can be fined $250 in San Diego if you leave them up after February 2nd.

While yes I do believe people should be able to "do what they want on their property", I certainly don't want to be looking at Christmas lights 2 months after Christmas. We have always taken ours down on New Years day, or the day after. If you can't or don't want to take them down, at least turn them off.

 

 COMMENT 492682P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 03:12 PM

How about the downtown tree lights continuing to be on?
Makes them seem less special when the holiday season does happen. My lights of celebration are kept year long, but not turned on til Thanksgiving/Christmas time.

 

 COMMENT 492696 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 03:51 PM

Take your own down by all means, it's your choice. But don't crab about other people from enjoying theirs year round if they choose to. There are worse things in life than a few sparkling lights to cheer one on a dark night.

 

 COMMENT 492721 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 04:19 PM

It's entertaining when trollers asking made up questions post them to edhat to get a rise out of everyone and provide some great comment reading... lol.

 

 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 04:45 PM

We sometimes left them in the pine tree, didn't light them. We were sitting on the front porch one July 4th, my husband said, "Might as well leave them, it will be Xmas soon." Then a Gas Co. man we knew said when they were sent out to shut off someone's gas and couldn't find the house they looked for Xmas lights; he said, "If they didn't get around to taking down the lights, they probably didn't get around to paying their bill either." Worked most of the time. We started taking them down on Jan 2, didn't want to be considered slackers.

 

 COMMENT 492814P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-06 10:46 PM

Does everyone have to conform to someone else's idea of acceptable? Perhaps you should get to know your neighbor and try to like them for who they are. BTW, I despise street lights - I much prefer the deep darkness of the night or the light of the moon, like I had when I lived in the country - but I chose to live in a city neighborhood - so I deal with it.

 

 COMMENT 492820P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 02:33 AM

OP: I sympathize with you. My family and I like to stargaze at night. We often like to walk at night. The lights that are bright aren't necessary and, I agree, are light pollution.

Not to mention the fact that Edison is always asking its customers to conserve energy. LED lights don't suck much energy, but keeping up Xmas lights is just lazy and dumb.

 

 COMMENT 492824 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 06:26 AM

with all the problems in the world today, we have to worry about Christmas lights being up too long? geeze!

 

 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 06:52 AM

Just a slight concern with the news on the power grid problem in CA. Otherwise, they're pretty, unless you want to stargaze.

 

 COMMENT 492835 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 06:59 AM

If I want Xmas lights, a pink yard flamingo, a garden gnome are any other decoration adorning my private residence that's my business not yours.

 

 COMMENT 492838P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 07:08 AM

Then loud noise, tall grass, unkempt yards, dogs howling all night, cats all over, kids screaming daily, large parties, noisy equipment are OK. Because lights affect more than just the residence. The flamingo and gnome do not.

 

 COMMENT 492840 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 07:11 AM

Snip snip, lights out, good night.

 

 GBOB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 08:22 AM

Jeepers folks!

The question is "Are there any regulations about Christmas lights in the City of Santa Barbara?" The answer is NO!

Maybe there ought to be regulations against uncontrolled complaining and getting into everyone else's business.

 

 RESIDENT agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 09:55 AM

If it doesn't impact health or safety of the public the government should have no say in it.

There are already too many people in City, County, State and Federal government that want to make rules to force everyone to live how they think they should live.

Live and let live should be the rule.

 

 COMMENT 492906 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 10:55 AM

much ado about nothing

 

 LUCKY 777 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 11:20 AM

A guy moved into my neighborhood and put up a stuffed marlin on his porch and ropes of blue lights and a gigantic boat that he is out in the driveway tuning up the motor on at all hours. Frat boy? No! Middle aged surf bum enjoying a second childhood. Do I complain? Heck no! I say let your freak flag fly and embrace the personal freedoms that living in America grants you. And if your neighbor bugs you with something they do, no doubt something you do bugs them. Live and let live.

 

 MESAJIM agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 11:39 AM

There should be an ordinance against any more ordinances.

 

 COMMENT 492966 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 01:01 PM

While you're at it can you get the neighbors on ALL sides of me to stop leaving their bright, clear-glass outdoor lights on ALL FRICKIN' NIGHT & EVERY NIGHT !

It's never night time in my neighborhood :(

 

 COMMENT 493009 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 02:19 PM

THANK YOU, GBOB! SO sick of the grinches and NIMBYs in this town. YEESH! Mind your own! I love lights.

 

 COMMENT 493014 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 03:01 PM

Clear Xmas lights look nice year around. Colored Xmas lights shoudl be limited to the holiday season.

 

 COMMENT 493083 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 05:15 PM

HEY, so you're going to tell me I can't leave my porch light on which is safer because you can see the lights & you're going to tell me I can't use white strings of lights to decorate my home, patio or yard because you can see them through our windows. If you live in a city gotta expect you won't see as many stars, it's normal. THINK.... not every little strand of lights is celebrating a religion! If you don't like them, talk to your neighbor or get darker window covers! Don't people know how to talk to people anymore, technology barriers creating ignorance & complainers I think, grrrrr, make rules in your own home not mine!

 

 COMMENT 493120 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 07:19 PM

083: I concur. Just nosy parkers who look for things they can complain about.

 

 ZENYATTA19 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-02-07 11:26 PM

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