Smartlight Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Smartlight project is a scheme to completely modernise Doncaster’s residential street lighting.

Smartlight Doncaster - Programme delivery

Existing street lamps are being replaced with new LED (Light Emitting Diode) lamps which will result in better quality lighting, a reduced carbon footprint and financial savings.

A phased route has been determined to ensure the areas with the highest number of oldest lanterns are replaced first. The programme of work is planned one month in advance, to allow for traffic management to be put in place to minimise any local disruption. Smartlight Doncaster started in October 2015, and the works are expected to be completed before the end of 2017.

Details of the programme delivery are shown below:

Phase 1 (Mainly residential streets) - Completed

Phase 2 (Main routes) - In progress

Work expected


Winter 2016 Thorne, Hatfield Woodhouse, Moorends, Stainforth, Dunscroft, Hatfield, Kirk Sandall, Barnby Dun, Dunsville, Edenthorpe, Kirk Bramwith, South Bramwith, Lindholme 
Winter 16/ Spring 17 Armthorpe, Bessacarr, Cantley, Rossington, Finningley, Branton, Blaxton, Bawtry, Auckley, Austerfield, Old Cantley
Spring 2017 Edlington, Braithwell, Clifron, Loversall, Mickelbring, Tickhill, Warmsworth, Stainton, Wadworth.
Spring / Summer 2017 Mexborough, Adwick upon Dearne, Conisbrough, Denaby, Old Denaby
Summer 2017 Askern, Campsall, Fenwick, Moss , Norton, Owston, Sutton
Summer 2017 Skellow, Carcroft, Woodlands, Brodsworth, Hickelton, Highfields, Marr, Cusworth, Scawsby, Scawthorpe, Sunnyfields, Off York Road
Summer/Autumn 2017 Bentley, Arksey, Toll Bar, Sprotborough, Harlington, High Melton
Autumn/Winter 2017 Balby, Balby Bridge, Balby Carr, Hexthorpe, Wheatley, Clay Lane, Intake, Wheatley Hills, Doncaster Central, Bell Vue, Bennethorpe, Hyde Park, Lakeside, Town Fields

During the light replacement, Doncaster Council will not be switching off lights. When carrying out the replacement of the lanterns in your street, the works should take approximately 20 minutes per streetlight to complete. There will be some instances where additional work is necessary, which may take longer to complete. Please be assured that wherever possible the old street lights will remain in place, until the new LED lights are operating.

After they have been installed it can take a few days for the lights to adjust to the optimal level for the area on our computer management system. Therefore, please allow for this before contacting the council if you feel there may be a problem with the installed light.

During the first phase of smart light installation,  we have identified an increased number of faults. This is due our computer management system now identifying these faults, rather than relaying on members of the public to report the fault to us.  As many of the faults have been found with the electricity supply to the column (which is the responsibility of Northern Power Grid to repair), repair times may appear to take longer than before due to the increase in volume. However we aim to assess all reports as quickly as possible and either repair the issue ourselves,  or pass the report onto Northern Power Grid to repair.

Benefits of Smartlight

The new lights will be more energy efficient and cheaper to run. They are designed to last for 100,000 hours, which means around 25 years. Our existing lights only last up to 6 years before they need to be replaced. As well as making savings, we will reduce the councils carbon footprint by 80% or 4,700 tonnes.

The service will improve, including the use of a computer management system which will identify faults automatically, sometimes before the light actually fails, so residents will no longer need to report faulty streetlights to the council. As well as saving money, Doncaster’s new street lights will reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and pollution. Future maintenance costs will reduce greatly.

About LED technology and costs

LED lighting is an instant light that can be switched on and off without the need for a ‘warm-up period’. The light given out by the lamps is much whiter and clearer than existing lamps, most of which emit a yellow light.

When lighting areas with new lights, the standards require the lighting levels to be slightly adjusted to prevent glare or dazzle. The purpose of street lighting is to light roads and footpaths. The new lanterns do this better but, because the light is directed towards the road, it does not spill over into people’s homes or gardens in the way that the old lanterns did. The quality of light on the pavements and the roads is improved with LED lanterns and is no darker. We actively check lighting levels before and after installation to ensure the balance is right to meet the needsa of residential areas.

The whiter light, as opposed to the traditional orange light, allows for better recognition of colours. This enables road markings, signs and people to be identified more easily. When needed, CCTV recognition will also be greatly improved by the new white light.

We are investing £8.2m in the new technology, which is mostly funded by an environmental loan from a company called SALIX. Our investment will pay for itself in 6 years, after which we will save £1.3m per year compared to the cost of running our current streetlights. This means Doncaster’s street lighting energy bill will be reduced by 70%. Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham Councils are also investing in the new LED technology

For further information, please download the Smartlight leaflet and frequently asked questions in the Downloads and Resources area.

Last updated: 19 September 2017 10:53:44