LED street lighting

Find out how we are upgrading street lights to LEDs around North Lincolnshire.

Street lighting in North Lincolnshire

We have invested £6m to improve our street lighting in North Lincolnshire by upgrading to light emitting diode (LED) technology. Around 21,000 street lights are being replaced with this more energy efficient lighting.

Frequently asked questions about LED lights

LED street lighting emits a white light and is a more efficient way to light roads and pavements.

Unlike traditional ‘orange’ street lights, LED lighting makes it easier to distinguish colours, improving visibility and safety.

Innovative LED street lighting will bring a number of benefits to residents, road users and the council, including:

  • minimising light pollution into homes and gardens by directing light onto the road and pavement
  • white light improves visibility and colour recognition on street, helping people feel safer
  • LEDs have a longer life span and a reduced likelihood of faults
  • LEDs are much more energy efficient, reducing energy consumption by as much as 75 per cent

It will take three years to upgrade most of our street lights to LED. Our approach ensures that works are completed with minimal disruption to local communities.

You can find the list of streets where lights will be upgraded this month under the ‘streets where LEDs will be installed’ section at the top of this page. This will be updated month by month.

Some may need to be replaced but in most cases only the light itself will be upgraded.

We have decided to change the biggest energy using lights first. This will mean that we replace all the lights on a main road but that the adjoining residential roads may not necessarily be done at the same time.

We will publish a list of roads and areas that will be upgraded on this webpage, month by month.

We will make every effort to ensure the road remains open whilst we work. However, there may be very short periods when we need to stop traffic to protect the safety of both the public and our workforce.

Although there may be some minor obstructions, we understand that access to your property may be required for personal reasons. If you need to access your property at any time during our works, please inform our on-site team at the earliest opportunity and arrangements will be made. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

Where a column needs to be replaced urgently, or the lamp is electrically unsafe, we will do this ahead of the planned LED replacements and install the LED at the time of the column replacement. The remainder will be changed as and when it is programmed.

In most cases, we will be upgrading just the lantern to LED. When we are replacing the existing lantern with a new LED lantern, we expect this to take around 15 minutes.

When we are replacing the street lighting column as well as the lantern, we aim to have both the column and lantern replaced and working in the same day.

In exceptional circumstances, the completion of our works can be delayed. Some electrical connections have to be undertaken by electricity companies and we may be waiting for them to complete the works. We may also be resolving a column relocation issue, or we may have encountered a safety issue.

Our onsite team are your best point of contact to discuss the works further when working on your street. If they cannot help, you can contact us on streetlighting@northlincs.gov.uk or 01724 297000. Please do not contact us regarding when your street will be upgraded. We will publish a list of roads that will be upgraded month by month and they will be published on this webpage.

Some of the existing street lighting burns sodium which produces a light that appears orange in colour. LEDs produce a white light and makes it is easier to recognise colours, improving visibility for road users and pedestrians. Sodium lights are becoming expensive to maintain as manufacturers phase out production due to the advancement of LED technology.

When we replace the street lighting column, we may look to move its position to the back of the pavement, in line with modern street lighting design practice.

In some circumstances, the lighting column cannot be placed at the back of the pavement due to the presence of underground services. If this is the case, and if there are no alternative locations available, then the position of the column will not change.

In most cases, we will be upgrading the lantern only, which means the position of the street light will not change.

Existing street lighting tends to spread light in all directions, including upwards. LED street lighting is less wasteful and directs the distribution of light down towards the road and pavement. This helps in reducing any light intrusion into homes and gardens.

All street lighting that we are responsible for is designed to light the adopted road and pavement. The lighting of private property is the responsibility of the homeowner or tenant.


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