Due to increasing energy costs and the need to reduce Leeds’ carbon emissions and light pollution, we introduced selective part-night street lighting on main traffic routes in October 2013. Although this was a new initiative to Leeds, it is not a new idea and has been successfully introduced by other Local Authorities since 2007.
New technologies such as LEDs and solar power have been explored; however, these are still relatively expensive compared to the introduction of part-night lighting. Leeds will continue to monitor future developments of these technologies.
Please note that all street lights will continue to be lit until midnight and the majority of lights will remain operational throughout the night. Only those selected to be part-night switched will go out at midnight. Signage will identify the lights that will be part-night switched.
By introducing these proposals it has the potential to save around £1.3 million over 10 years at the current energy prices (October 2014). As energy costs continue to increase the potential savings could be even greater. It will also help to reduce carbon emissions for street lighting by 4.7% per year between midnight and 5:30 am.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have provided the answers to some commonly asked questions but if your question is not answered please contact Leeds City Council, Highways and Transportation at: Highways@leeds.gov.uk
or write to Selective Part-night Street Lighting, Highways and Transportation, Selectapost 6, Middleton Ring Road, Leeds, LS10 4AX.