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Street Lighting Transformation Project

In light of ongoing funding cuts, the council is has saved £1.7m from its 2016/17 annual £5m street lighting budget.

This has been achieved by the following changes:

Conversion to LED of approximately 17,000 of the county’s 68,000 lights, which will also be dimmed later at night. The majority of these are located on main roads and distributor roads around the county - e.g main roads like the A15, A46 and distributor roads like Tritton Road in Lincoln and John Adams Way in Boston.

‘Part-night’ lighting  introduced to 42,000 street lights across the county in certain, mostly residential, areas. The lights now turn on at dusk and remain on until around midnight, when they are then switched off until around 6am.

Switch offs - around 1,000 street lights, away from built up areas, have been switched off following careful assessment.

Public safety remains an overriding concern and we’re continuing to work with the emergency services to make sure communities have access to a safe public network. At every location, we’ve given careful consideration to the effects of dimming or switching off lights.

We recognise that it wouldn’t have been appropriate to make changes in certain areas; therefore,  lights will remain switched on all night in some places, particularly where the location:

  • Has a significant record of night-time road traffic accidents
  • Has a significant record of night-time crime
  • Has a care/nursing home, sheltered housing, or warden controlled accommodation
  • Has an operational emergency service facility
  • Has safety road features, such as traffic calming, speed humps, zebra crossings etc., as originally installed by the county council
  • Is the centre of a major urban area or larger town as referred to in LTP4 with a night time economy
  • Has permanent local authority or police CCTV surveillance equipment
  • Is a footpath and/or cycleway that links to two separate roads that are lit all night

If lights on your street are not on all night, but you feel that your road meets any of the criteria above, please contact us as if you were reporting a fault. If the light does not meet any of the exemptions, we cannot exclude it.

Similar changes have been introduced by local authorities across the UK since 2007. Their experiences suggest:

  • When risks are carefully considered, local authorities can safely reduce street lighting, saving energy costs and reducing carbon emissions, without seeing an increase in traffic collisions or crime.
  • Dimming the amount of lights or switching to white light/LEDs may even reduce crime in an area

The project costed £6.4m to implement, but will make savings of £10m over the next 10 years. It will also reduce LCC’s carbon footprint by 6,254 tonnes. This is over a third of the council’s five year carbon reduction target.

Where street lamps have been unaffected by these changes, we intend to update these lamps to LED in future years. We will also continue to replace lighting columns at the end of their useful life.

If you require any further information, please see the Streetlighting FAQs below. If this information still does not answer your query, please email


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Only two weeks left to share your views on part-night streetlighting

20 December 2017 | Updated: 16 February 2018

Local residents, businesses and organisations have until Friday 5 January to complete a questionnaire on the impact of part-night street lighting, whether positive or negative. 

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Street lighting project enters its final phases

4 January 2017 | Updated: 23 February 2017

Work to introduce a more cost-effective approach to street lighting in the county will continue in and around Boston, Skegness and Mablethorpe over the next few months.

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Rollout of street lighting changes moves to south of the county Video

18 October 2016 | Updated: 23 February 2017

Work to introduce a more cost-effective approach to street lighting in the county will continue in and around Bourne, Stamford, Spalding and Boston over the next few months.

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