Learn about the new LED street lights being installed across the borough.

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1. What are we doing?

Street lights in the London Borough of Lambeth are to be replaced with energy efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs. The programme of works aims to convert over 12,000 of Lambeth's street lighting stock from SON-T (sodium) bulbs to LED bulbs.

The lamp posts will not be changed – just the unit headsets – and it will be done on a street-by-street basis. Lambeth have been using LED lanterns in a number street lighting projects over the last year. Binfield Road, outside Stockwell underground station is an example of the street lighting in Lambeth. Other London Boroughs have also been converting their street lamps to LED’s for example Brent, Bromley, Enfield, Lewisham and Croydon.

The white lighting from LED’s provide a more natural light than the existing street lighting that has a yellow glow. This will improve the perception of safety and help to improve road safety.

2. Why are we doing it?

LED lights are much more energy efficient than the traditional sodium bulbs.

As a result of reduced energy use, Lambeth will have reduced CO2 emissions. It will also mean savings in energy costs for the borough.

By installing LED lights, Lambeth will help to deliver upon its commitment to be a more sustainable borough.

3. When are we doing it?

The existing bulbs will be replaced from June 2016 and the work should take around 18 months to complete.

A letter will be sent to residents 10 days before work commences giving details of the work to be carried out.

Works are starting in the north of the borough and we will be working throughout the borough on a street by street basis.

4. Frequently asked questions

I live in a conservation area, will the heritage lamps change?

If you live in a conservation area with heritage style lamps, we will be retro-fitting the lamps. This means the heritage lamps will look exactly the same, we will just be changing the bulb to an LED light.

What are the benefits of carrying out this work?

The two main benefits of converting to LED are a reduction in Lambeth’s CO2 emissions and reduced energy bill for the council. Both of these benefits are the result of using less energy across the borough. It is anticipated that the council will save up to £600,000 per year after converting to LED street lighting.

How is the project being funded?

The project will be delivered using the council’s capital receipts with funding approved by Lambeth’s Asset Management Cabinet Advisory Panel (AMCAP) in October 2014.

How long will workmen be on my road?

A letter will be sent to you 10 days before work commences on your road giving details of what will be carried out. The time spent on your street will depend on the extent of the work that has to be done on the road. As the light fittings are replaced rather than the any cabling being changed, no significant risks or delays are expected.

Will there be any impact on road safety?

The white lighting from LED’s provide a more natural light than the existing street lighting that has a yellow glow. This will improve the perception of safety and help to improve road safety.

Who manages the street lighting replacement programme?

Bouygues Energies & Services operate a 25 year Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Contract to maintain the street lighting assets of the London Borough of Lambeth. This contract commenced in 2005 and expires in 2030. Bouygues will carry out of the LED replacement programme with contract monitoring being carried out by London Borough of Lambeth.

There is a light in my road which is not working. What should I do?

Following the introduction of LED street lighting the number of faults has considerably reduced. Those that do occur are now more likely to be due to faults in the electrical cable rather than the street light.

For this reason we’ve been working with UK Power Network (UKPN) on launching a self-service website that allows anyone to keep track of a cable fault that is stopping a street light from working.

By zooming in to the map, you can see if a street lighting fault is due to a cable fault. If it is, it details when UKPN expect to repair it.

UKPN Desktop Site

UKPN Mobile Site

If the fault does not appear on the map please report it by emailing TandHCallCentre@lambeth.gov.uk.