Street lighting improvement programme

Work to enhance or replace the 12,068 street lights across the Island began in April 2013.

The lighting will be much brighter and will require less maintenance. We know that street lighting is very important to residents, businesses and visitors alike. Good reliable lighting not only makes it safer for road-users and pedestrians, but also supports crime detection and reducing the fear of crime.

What are the benefits?

Lighting is one of the greatest consumers of energy and the greatest emitters of carbon. To minimise this, Island Roads will be replacing all street lights within the first three years of the new contract, converting the lights to energy-saving, carbon efficient LED lamps. This will free up public service funds by reducing energy costs. Due to the efficient nature of LED lighting, they are also more reliable and require less maintenance once installed, meaning less lights out and disruption on your street.

Island Roads will operate a central management system which allows us to control the lighting levels and the times when lighting is on for individual streets. This will help us all to continue to improve energy consumption and curb carbon emissions, while also providing street lighting that meets the needs of individual towns and villages and respects the “Dark Skies” commitments in place to protect the Island’s unique environment.

For more information about the new street lights, click here.

When will the lights in my road be replaced?

As you’ll appreciate, this is a massive task. Some locations will be completed before others, so don’t worry if you think a particular area has been missed out – we’ll get to all areas within the first 2 and ½ years of the contract.

Why are the new lights on in the daytime when they’re first installed?

As the new streetlights are installed, they automatically connect to a control unit. They will normally be illuminated for the first 24 hours, or until they are recognised by the system. Following this, they will return to normal operating mode. The speed of configuration to the unit is dependent upon the topography of the area and the local environment; therefore some lights may take longer to return to normal operating mode than others.

Other lighting services

As well as enhancing or replacing 12,068 street lights with LED lights, we are also responsible for:

  • Routine maintenance of street lights on public land.
  • The maintenance of bollards, centre island lamp columns, flashing beacons at zebra crossings, school flashing lights and illuminated sign lights