Published: Jan 13, 2023
Buena Park, California

Shedding Light on Brightness Restrictions for Outdoor Kiosks: What You Need to Know

Understanding Regulatory Requirements and How Eflyn's Outdoor Kiosks Meet Compliance


As outdoor kiosks become more popular, many cities and municipalities are implementing regulations to ensure they are used in a safe and responsible manner. One of the most common regulations is related to brightness restrictions, which are put in place to prevent excessive light pollution and ensure the kiosks are not too distracting for drivers or pedestrians. Here’s what you need to know about brightness restrictions and how they may impact your outdoor kiosk.

What Are Brightness Restrictions?

Brightness restrictions are limits placed on the amount of light that outdoor kiosks can emit. These restrictions are typically measured in units called nits, which is a measurement of brightness. In many areas, the maximum brightness for outdoor kiosks is between 500-700 nits during the day and 100-200 nits at night. However, these regulations may vary depending on the location and purpose of the kiosk.

Why Are Brightness Restrictions Important?

There are a few reasons why brightness restrictions are important. Firstly, excessive brightness can be a nuisance to nearby residents and businesses, particularly if the kiosk is in a residential area or near a hotel. Brightness can also be distracting to drivers, potentially causing accidents or other safety hazards. Lastly, high levels of brightness can be harmful to the environment, particularly if the kiosk is located near wildlife habitats or other sensitive areas.

How Do Brightness Restrictions Affect Outdoor Kiosks?

If you plan to use an outdoor kiosk in an area that has brightness restrictions, it’s important to ensure that your kiosk is compliant. This may mean adjusting the brightness levels manually or using an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness levels based on the surrounding environment. Many outdoor kiosks, including the Eflyn Outdoor Kiosk, come with ambient light sensors that adjust the lighting during nighttime and with sleep timer that turns off the display at night and turns it on in the morning.

In addition, it’s important to be aware of any local regulations related to brightness and ensure that your kiosk is installed in a location that complies with these regulations. This may mean avoiding certain areas, such as residential neighborhoods or sensitive environmental areas, or ensuring that the kiosk is angled away from nearby properties.


In conclusion, complying with brightness restrictions for outdoor digital signage is crucial for public safety and minimizing light pollution. At Eflyn, we take these regulations seriously and ensure that our Outdoor Digital Signage V8 and Outdoor Self Checkout Kiosks come with ambient lighting sensors that automatically adjust the lighting during night time, and sleep timers that turn off the display at night and turn it on in the morning. These features not only help us comply with regulatory requirements, but they also prolong the screen life and save energy, making our products more environmentally friendly.


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