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Street lighting

City at night

We are following the Government Guidelines on COVID-19 so some of our services have been adjusted. We are responding to emergency lighting requests, please continue to report these in the usual way.

The Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) team maintain over 12,000 lighting points, such as floodlights, signs, bollards and uplighters as well as the lighting for iconic landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Monument and the Barbican.

Report a street lighting fault by calling 020 7606 3030 if urgent or use the online form on the Highways fault reporting page. Try our iPhone app.

LED replacement scheme

The M&E team are undertaking an ambitious relighting project to upgrade all the lights to LED, operated by a Central Management System called Urban Control which together with removing unnecessary lighting will save over £500,000 in energy and maintenance and more importantly reduce carbon emissions by at least 50%. Urban Control provides real time control of the streetlights so that lights can be dimmed or not switched on where ambient light from buildings provides sufficient illumination. The scheme will be completed in 2020.

The City Corporation will be using Urban Control's Smart City app facilities in the future to monitor pollution, parking space availability, traffic flows and many other monitorable urban resources.

Lighting strategy

The M&E team relied on the Lighting Strategy (7MB) to devise the replacement scheme. The Strategy is a comprehensive, innovative and detailed guide for lighting the City.


The Street Lighting Manager must be notified of works that could affect street lighting or illuminated street furniture by emailing the Highways Management team.

If scaffolding is used, affecting lanterns, complete the Lantern Removals Form (650KB) and return to the Highways Management Team.

The M&E Team are drafting a General Specification Street Lighting guide.

Illuminated river

The M&E team are installing the lights on the Illuminated River Project lighting all the River Thames bridges.

Christmas lights

The City Corporation lights a number of installations including several trees and Bow Lane.

Gas lights

There are still 23 historic gas lanterns are located in the City. The lights can be found in Gough Square, behind Royal Exchange, the Guildhall Yard and Greyfriars.

13 May 2012
Last Modified:
31 March 2020