Smartlight Doncaster

Doncaster Council’s Smartlight project is a scheme to completely modernise Doncaster’s 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) - Completed

Phase 3 High Mast lighting Units - Primarily Completed - Lakeside & North Bridge Road to complete Feb-Mar 2019

Phase 3 Heritage Lighting Upgrades - Starting 7th January 2019 - April 2019 Tickhill, Mexborough, Fishlake Area's Completed


Phase 3 Smartlight

Phase 3 of smartlight commenced in November 2018. High mast lighting points primarily on roundabouts or in car parks such as the markets car parks and lakeside entertainment area car parks are the first units to benefit from upgrading. Improved visibility should ensure residents feel safer in the car park locations whilst the roundabouts will benefit from matching the earlier phase white lighting colour at major intersections and junctions.

All remaining Heritage lanterns across the town centre and housing estates are to be fitted with an LED retrofit gear tray to allow the council to benefit from energy savings whilst still providing a high quality street lighting solution. The external appearance of the heritage lanterns will remain unchanged, however the light output will match the regular smartlights white lighting output and will benefit from being monitored for faults via the councils central management monitoring system. Phase 3 is expected to be completed by March 2019. Additionally subways, smaller car parks, stair lighting is being assessed and LED solutions being developed to upgrade a further 300 units which will be left after completion of phase 3.

During the lantern 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.

Street lighting programme of works for 2018/19

Visit the following page for details of the 2018/19 Programme of Works for street lighting schemes: Highways programme of works


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Last updated: 14 February 2019 16:40:42