The effect of light on the denitrifying characteristics of a nonphotosynthetic denitrifier, Pseudomonas sp. strain JR12, was examined. Already at low light intensities, nitrite accumulated as a result of light inhibition of nitrite but not of nitrate reduction rates. Exposure of this bacterium to light caused a photooxidation of cytochrome c, an intermediate electron carrier in its respiratory pathway. Photoinhibition of nitrite reduction was reversible, as nitrite reduction rates returned to preillumination levels when light-exposed cells were returned to dark conditions. Antimycin A reversed the inhibitory effect of light on nitrite reduction by preventing a reversed electron flow. Aerobic respiration by this bacterium was not affected by light.