We've been replacing old street lights with new LED lights. They're cheaper, more reliable and better for the environment.
All night and part-night street lights
40% of street lights are on all night, but dim between 11pm and 6am. They're mainly on A roads and in areas with:
- comparatively high crime rates
- a history of collisions
- traffic calming measures (like speed humps or mini-roundabouts).
60% of street lights are on for part of the night. They switch on at dusk, switch off at 1am and then switch back on again at 5am until dawn.
These lights also dim as the night gets later.
Better for the environment
We've cut our energy consumption by almost half and reduced our carbon emissions by around 70%.
The new lights also focus better on the road and pavements, rather than shining into people's property.
We can control the street lights centrally. That means when the clocks change, the timing of the street lights isn't affected.
We also get notified automatically if a fault develops. We visit faulty lights within 20 working days and normally fix them there and then.
The last 3,000 lights
We've already converted 113,000 lights to LED. We'll convert the final 3,000 older style lights by April 2021.
These non-LED lights may still be affected when the clocks change – they might not work for a night.
We currently have no funds for additional lighting. However, county councillors can fund new lights on remote footpaths from their Highway locality budget.