SHENZHEN released a plan to regulate outdoor LED displays recently. The plan would ban LED display screens facing residential buildings within 100 meters, the Daily Sunshine reported yesterday.
According to the plan, LED display screens would not be allowed in residential areas, or within 100 meters of a residential building if it faces the building’s windows. If there are residential buildings within 150 meters, the screens would have their brightness limited and only be able to display still pictures. “The flickering light of the LED billboard near our home influences our eyesight at night and distracts my child from homework,” said Zhao, a resident living at an estate in Futian.
Less than 100 meters behind the estate that Zhao lives in, there is a 23-story building with two 500-square-meter LED display screens playing commercials nonstop.
Some residents living in commercial areas in Qianhai also complain about LED display screens that play noisy commercials at night.
Research conducted by the city’s urban management bureau found that some drivers may be distracted by the lighted signs, endangering drivers’ safety.
The plan will have three regulatory standards for the use of LED screens in different areas, but all LED display screens must be dimmed by 11 p.m. It will limit all LED display screens smaller than 200 square meters, and one building with a screen larger than 50 square meters won’t be allowed a second screen.
The plan released by the urban management bureau Thursday will be open to a 30-day public consultation. There are 335 LED display screens larger than 10 square meters across the city, according to official statistics.