FAQ Street Lighting

Frequently asked questions about Street Lighting

1. What are LED street lights?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and it is a type of lighting technology. LED lanterns can be installed in existing street light columns to replace the light source currently fitted.

2. Do LED lights use less energy than sodium bulbs?

LED street lights are a proven technology that use considerably less energy than the conventional sodium lights currently installed; 50 – 70% less energy.

3. Why are LED streetlights being fitted and will the project help save energy?

Many of our current street lights are getting towards the end of their life and will need replacing. It makes sense to replace them with the latest lighting technology.
LED street lights have a number of advantages over conventional sodium street lights notably that the energy will be more efficient and better directed, have lower maintenance costs and produce less light pollution. Carbon emissions will be reduced through the introduction of remote lighting management, with a central control, having the ability to change lighting times and levels.

4. When will the work be carried out?

The work has already started, the street light replacement programme began in summer 2013 and will continue until 2019

5. How is the project being funded?

Milton Keynes Council will provide finance over the life of the project for the new installations and also the ongoing maintenance. Investment in LED street lighting was approved as part of the Council Budget for 2013/14 – 2018/19

6. Who is doing the work?

Our Highways term contractor Ringway

7. Will you be replacing all the existing street light columns?

In the majority of cases, the new LED lanterns will be fitted to the existing street light columns. However, some concrete columns that have reached the
end of their useful life will be replaced by new galvanised steel columns as
part of this project.

8. Do LED street lights cause light pollution?

LED street lights concentrate light directly down, and as a result there is less
peripheral light pollution. The existing conventional sodium lights produce the
‘orange glow’ above a town or city resulting in a significant amount of light
being wasted.

9. Will the new lights be brighter / a different colour to the ones they are replacing?

Any new or replacement lighting is designed to British & European lighting
standards and will be ‘white’ light. The aim is to provide the right standard for
the type of road, traffic flow and local conditions. Some roads will have
noticeably brighter lighting for these reasons

10. Will LED street lights shine through my windows at night?

LED street lights concentrate light directly down, so it is unlikely that light will
stray into people’s homes and it is less likely than with conventional sodium
street lights.
However, if people have any concerns once the lights have been replaced
outside their property they should call and we will investigate.

11. Where will the new street lights be located and will they be in a different position?

Most street lights are replaced like-for- like. New replacement lighting columns
will be sensitively placed on boundaries wherever possible or where they
cause the least intrusion. Some designs will be limited by the available
electrical supply, position of trees and other street signs. Street lights placed
in different positions are sometimes required to ensure the highest safety
criteria is met.

12. Why are there two street lights outside my house?

Once the new street lights are in place, the council’s contractor will transfer
the supply, connect the new lighting and disconnect the old. The old street
lights can then be removed. We try to do this within a reasonable timescale,
occasionally it may take a little longer as we have to liaise with the local
electricity company. The work is planned carefully so the street isn’t left
without lighting.

Last Updated: 4 June 2019