LED street lights

We have awarded a contract to convert 118,000 street lights to energy-efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology to engineering and infrastructure firm Bouygues Energies & Services Infrastructure.

Work will involve changing the lantern on its existing column and started in March 2016. All work will be completed by May 2019 which will save Kent taxpayers up to £5.2 million each year.

At a council meeting on 12 February 2016, we decided to return to optimised all night lighting where there will be illumination throughout the whole night. We will introduce this in your local area once the streetlights have been converted to LED and added onto the Central Management System. All residential areas will be completed within 14 months with town centres and main roads to follow.

The new technology along with a central management system will mean we can:

  • monitor our energy use
  • detect faults
  • dim lights
  • control the time that the lights turn on and off.

You may see the colour of a street light change to a neutral white. LED technology is much more efficient than the existing lights and will help us reduce:

  • our overall energy costs
  • maintenance costs
  • carbon emissions
  • light pollution
  • customers needing to report a faulty streetlight.

We will start by converting the lights in residential areas, which will take about 14 months, followed by the main routes and town centres.

Up to 18 work crews will be working across 3 district areas at the same time.

You will see yellow advance warning notice signs (PDF, 166.6 KB) on lamp posts in your road (or roads near to you) about 1 week before work starts. In most cases you won't have to move your car, but it is helpful if you avoid parking under a street light to make access to the light easier and speed up the LED conversion work. On roads where we require vehicles to be moved, there will be signs (PDF, 170.4 KB) posted in advance.

District Start date Expected finish date
Ashford March 2016 July 2016
Shepway March 2016 July 2016
Dover July 2016 September 2016
Gravesham August 2016 September 2016
Sevenoaks June 2016 September 2016
Dartford July 2016 October 2016
Maidstone Due to start - November 2016 January 2017
Tunbridge Wells Due to start - September 2016 November 2016
Tonbridge and Malling Due to start - September 2016 December 2016
Thanet Due to start - December 2016 May 2017
Canterbury Due to start - January 2017 May 2017
Swale Due to start - February 2017 May 2017