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Selective Part-night Street Lighting

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The selective part-night street lighting initiative has started!
Phase one of the initiative focusses on main traffic routes within outlying areas before moving inwards to the City centre. The selected street lights will be part-night switched between midnight and 5:30am in blocks of 3 or more lights.
The first lights to be part-night switched on main traffic routes were in the Garforth and Swillington Ward, during the week commencing the 7 October 2013. The programme has now been rolled out across the Leeds area and site specific maps of each of the Wards that have already been part-night switched, are available via the Street lighting traffic routes link in Related Pages.

We are currently working in the Pudsey Ward before moving into:  

  • Alwoodley – w/c 30 June
  • Moortown – w/c 30 June
  • Bramley & Stanningley- w/c 14 July
  • Temple Newsam – w/c 14 July
  • Kirkstall – w/c 21 July
  • Chapel Allerton – w/c 21 July​

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions may be viewed in the attachment in the Downloads section of this page. Further information can also be found in the expandable section below.​


Leeds City Council is committed to providing best value services to the people of Leeds. With over 92,000 street lights, consuming about £4 Million of electricity every year it makes sense to explore more efficient ways of service provision to help reduce carbon emissions and deal with the continuing increase in energy charges.

To meet this challenge, various options were investigated by our Street Lighting Team and proposals to introduce Selective Part-night Street Lighting, together with consultation feedback, were presented to our Executive Board and were approved in June 2013.

By Introducing these proposals, it has the potential to save around £1.3 Million on energy costs over the next ten years. In addition to this, there will be an annual saving of 4.7% of the overall carbon emissions for street lighting. ​​

What is part-night street lighting?

Part-night street lighting is the term we use for a light that switches off for part of the night.

Will all street lights be affected?

Initial investigations have shown that it is appropriate to part-night switch 8,000 of the 92,000 street lights in Leeds, in a mixture of main roads and residential roads. 

When will the first street lights be switched off?

The part-night switching initiative commenced on 7 October 2013 on main traffic routes in the Garforth & Swillington area and is being rolled out across the City, starting in outlying areas, before continuing to work inwards towards the City centre. (Please note that NO lights will be part-night switched in the City centre).

What are the part-night switching times?

The street lights will be switched off from midnight to 5:30am. The original proposals suggested switching the street lights back on at 6am, however, following on from consultation feedback the time was brought forward.

How will you decide which street lights to part-night switch?

Prior to any lights being switched off, on-site risk assessments will be carried out by our Street Lighting team using the criteria below.

Part-night switching will be avoided:

On roads with a significant road traffic accident record during the proposed switch-off period.

In areas with an above average record of crime during the proposed switch-off period.

In areas with a police record of frequent anti-social behaviour during the proposed switch-off period.

In areas provided with CCTV local authority / police surveillance equipment

In areas with sheltered housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people.

Around 24hr operational emergency services sites, including hospitals.

At formal pedestrian crossings, subways and enclosed footpaths and alleyways where one end links to a street that is lit all night.

Where there are potential hazards on the highway such as roundabouts, central carriageway islands, chicanes and traffic calming features.

Where public transport stops are in use during the proposed period of switch-off (this was included in response to consultation feedback)​ ​

How long will it take to complete the part-night switch off?

As each road requires an individual assessment, it could take up to three years before all identified street lights have been assessed and part-night switches have been installed.


Reviews will be undertaken by the Street Lighting Partnership Group (membership includes the Emergency Services and our Officers, including the Road Casualty Manager) to determine any cause for concern and action to be taken. If, at any time, the records suggest that there is an unacceptable change in the incidence of crime or road traffic accidents and that the alteration to the street lighting is identified as the cause, then the energy saving measures will be terminated at that location.

Consultation Review - Key Findings

67% agreed with switching street lights off from midnight or sooner
62% agreed with switching street lights back on at 6am or later
69% agreed with switching street lights off on residential roads.
67% agreed with switching street lights off on main roads.
75% agreed with switching off street lights to save energy costs and carbon emissions.
71% agreed that street lighting helps reduce the fear of crime.
84% agreed with the criteria for where part-night switching should be avoided.
25% of respondents who classified themselves as disabled, are more likely to be out at least once or more times a week after midnight.
25% of respondents living in the Inner South area were more likely to agree to increasing council tax charges to fund increased energy costs.

There was no significant difference between gender responses.

Additional comments that were received as part of the consultation process were included in the overall analysis. The consultation feedback report is available in the downloads section of this page.

Next Steps

The Street Lighting team continue to review and carry out on-site risk assessments on main traffic routes to determine which street lights will be included in the first phase of the part-night switching programme. Once this has been completed the second phase of the programme will see the team repeat the process on residential streets.

How will I know whether a street light is part night switched or just not working?

Once selected, the residential area lights that are affected will have a self-adhesive sticker attached and on main roads signage will be installed on approach to indicate to pedestrians and motorists that they are entering a part night lighting area.

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