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Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about our services. Choose a category on the right to see detailed questions for a specific service area.

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  • What are LED street lights?
  • LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and it is a type of lighting technology. LED lanterns can be installed in existing street light columns to replace the light source currently fitted.

  • Where will the new LED street lights be located and will they be in a different position?
  • The street lights are replaced like-for-like we will not move lights. If we have to replace the lighting column at the same time it will be installed at the same location, this is necessary to maintain the original design and light pattern on the highway to ensure that maximum lighting is achieved and the highest safety criteria is met. 

  • Will LED street lights shine through my windows at night?
  • New LED lighting in the street lighting lanterns are a more controlled source and they direct the lighting downwards (ie directional) onto the road/footway rather than the existing lighting they replace that lights an area and causes a lot of light pollution. So the LED units actually reduce the light levels away from the road.

  • Will the new LED lights be brighter / a different colour to the ones they are replacing?
  • Any new or replacement lighting is designed to British & European lighting standards and will be 'white' light. The aim is to provide the right standard for the type of road, traffic flow and local conditions.

    As with any new project that changes the type of lighting from an existing source that has been in place for 30 years to a different colouration there will be a visible difference that will be noticeable until the residents become used to the new lighting. Therefore it is a perception rather than a reality in relation to the brightness. If you have ever changed a bulb in your house to LED it appears brighter until you are used to it !!

  • Why are there two street lights outside my house?
  • Once the new street lights are in place, the council's service provider will transfer the supply, connect the new lighting and disconnect the old. The old street lights can then be removed. We try to do this within a reasonable timescale (28 days), occasionally it may take a little longer as we have to liaise with the local electricity company for their approval.

  • Do LED street lights cause light pollution?
  • LED street lights concentrate light directly down, and as a result there is less peripheral light pollution. The existing conventional sodium lights produce the 'orange glow' above a town or city resulting in a significant amount of light being wasted.? Therefore LED contributes significantly in reducing light pollution.

  • Will you be replacing all the existing street light columns?
  • In the majority of cases, the new LED lanterns will be fitted to the existing street light columns. However, some columns that have reached the end of their useful life will be replaced by new galvanised steel columns as part of this project. This will be a like for like replacement.

  • Who is replacing the street lights with LEDs?
  • Our Highways Term Service Provider, Ringway.

  • How is the LED street lighting project being funded?
  • Milton Keynes Council will provide finance over the life of the project for the new installations and also the ongoing maintenance. Investment in LED street lighting was approved as part of the Council Budget for 2013/14 - 2023/24.

  • When will the street lights be replaced with LEDs?
  • The work has already started, the street light replacement programme began in summer 2013 and will continue until 2020.

  • Why are LED streetlights being fitted and will the project help save energy?
  • Many of our current street lights are getting towards the end of their life and will need replacing. It makes sense to replace them with the latest lighting technology. LED street lights have a number of advantages over conventional sodium street lights notably that the energy will be more efficient and better directed, have lower maintenance costs and produce less light pollution. Carbon emissions will also be reduced.

  • Do LED lights use less energy than sodium bulbs?
  • LED street lights are a proven technology that use considerably less energy than the conventional sodium lights currently installed; 50 - 70% less energy.

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