By April 2018, most of the street lights in Poole were replaced with energy efficient LED lighting. Between November 2015 and April 2016 we replaced almost 8,500 lanterns on existing lamp posts. We replaced a further 8,500 complete lamp posts which are over 40 years old between April 2016 and April 2018.
There are 650 lamp posts to be replaced in 2018/19. These are all lamp posts which we were unable to replace due to issues found with their electricity cables. We will therefore be working together with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), who own the underground electricity cables, to finish our LED programme.
Lighting within selected conservation areas, including the listed lamp posts in the Old Town, will remain unaffected by the initial programme but may be considered for upgrade in future where possible.
The main benefits with LED technology are the provision of a better quality ‘white’ light and the ability to make substantial energy savings due to the energy efficient properties of the light source. All existing part night lighting schemes across Poole, where lights are switched off between midnight and 6am, will be replaced with the LED lighting scheme. The new lights will stay switched on throughout the night but will be dimmed, where appropriate, during hours when use of the highway is reduced.
Page last updated: 23 June 2020