Street lighting

Lighting the way to Net Zero

Work to replace the oldest street lights with energy saving LED lighting is underway, as part of a £1.12 million installation project to improve energy efficiency and save money.

To support the council in becoming carbon neutral by 2029, 3638 old lanterns will be replaced with LEDs across the borough. Annually the project will save £360,000 at current electricity prices and reduce CO2 emissions by 663 tonnes. That’s the equivalent of taking 140 cars off the road, every year.

This new phase of upgrades follows a successful two-year project to replace 8000 lamp posts and install 12,000 new LED bulbs.

In total, half of Bromley’s 29,000 streetlights have already been upgraded with LED lights. Continuation of these important projects is helping the council to; maximise energy savings, provide more reliable lighting to residents and motorists, achieve the council’s 2029 net zero carbon target and maximise financial savings to support other frontline services.

This phase of streetlighting upgrades began following agreement at the August 2019 Environment and Community Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee meeting (PDS). 

Who is carrying out the work and when will it be complete?

JB Riney and Co Ltd, the council’s highways contractor, are scheduled to complete the work before the end of March 2021.

Where will the new LED lanterns be installed?

Installation of the new bulbs are concentrated on the borough’s main traffic routes passing through; Anerley, Beckenham, Bickley, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Chelsfield, Chislehurst, Downe, Farnborough, Green Street Green, Hayes, Keston, Mottingham, Orpington, Penge, Petts Wood, Shortlands, St Mary Cray, St Pauls Cray, Sydenham and West Wickham.

What if the light is too bright and floods onto my property?

LED light is a more directional rather than spherical glow so this problem should not occur. Although there is the potential for this light to have a higher intensity of brightness. We would recommend a trial adjustment period of a couple of weeks once the new light is operational. If after that time you still consider the new lighting is adversely affecting your property we may be able to fit a device to shield out some of the light. If you feel this is necessary, please go to and provide the asset id (a stencilled number on the column shaft) with a request for a shield to be fitted.