Issue details

Streetlighting Dimming Trial II

This decision sets out to initiate a second trial-based approach that will eventually lead to implementing a borough-wide adaptive streetlighting regime, to achieve significant carbon, energy and cost savings.

As part of a joint project with Reading and Wokingham between 2016 and 2018, most streetlights were replaced with LEDs. Immediately after the new network was up and running, the lighting output was set at 70%. This dimming by 30% can now be considered our baseline. Since 2018, the Council’s inventory of street lighting has increased, not least by adoption of the former SSE network on the Slough Trading Estate. However, no further assessment of its efficiency and cost-effectiveness has been carried out until we conducted a light dimming trial between January 23 and March 23.

To develop an adaptive lighting strategy that meets the following objectives:

• Providing a cost-effective public street lighting service;
• Conserving energy and promoting sustainability, both environmentally and financially;
• Controlling light pollution;
• Promoting a general feeling of well-being and supporting night-time economy; and
• Aiding movement across the network.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/02/2024

Decision due: 7 Dec 2023 by Executive Director - Regeneration, Housing and Environment

Contact: Nicholas Pontone, Principal Democratic Services Officer Email: Tel: 01753 875120.