Bright lights from apartments shining into man’s home

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Richard Smith of Tonawanda said that bright lights across from his home are harming his quality of life.

“In daylight, it’s at least diffused light. At night, they are piercing and sharp and just a very direct light,” Smith said. “The light just floods into the back of our houses here all night.”

Smith explained that he started noticing the change about seven months ago.

Management at Newell Avenue Apartments removed the old outdoor lighting and installed new LED lights. Town of Tonawanda Officials said they were put in for security reasons.

“We don’t object to the lights,” Smith said. “There have always been lights there. There should be lights there. We are just objected that they are focused out into our property.”

Smith said for months he contacted county, town, and city leaders to get the lights adjusted so they point down and not out, into his home.

“One of the problems is that we sit in the City of Tonawanda, but the apartments are in the Town of Tonawanda.”

Town of Tonawanda officials told News 4 they are working to fix the issue. Supervising Code Enforcement Officer Carl Heimiller said the technician who installed the lights fixed them once during the day. He said the technician will be back this time, likely at night, to address it.

Smith commented that he and his neighbors will be glad when the work is done. “We just would like to be able to use our homes, the way we fixed them up and made them ready to use. And with these lights shining into the back of our houses we can’t do that.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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