Street lighting

Essex is the third largest local lighting authority in the country. In Essex, there are around:

  • 127,000 street lights
  • 11,000 illuminated signs
  • 6,000 Illuminated bollards

Who is responsible for street lighting?

Essex County Council own and look after most of the street lights in Essex, other than those owned and looked after by District and Borough Councils and Parish/Town Councils. We are also not responsible for street lights on some new developments or those on private roads.  Regular inspections are carried out to ensure that our street lights are working properly; a higher priority is given to faults that could be dangerous such as exposed electrical wiring; these are normally made safe within two hours of being reported.

Central Management System

We have one of the largest central management systems in the world which helps us to control our street lighting more efficiently.  Sensors on the top of each column detects any faulty issues and sends a report to our street lighting team. By knowing exactly where to deploy engineers we can ensure the county's lights are working to their full capacity.

Faulty street lights

If you notice a street light is faulty, you can report it online or call us. It is helpful if you can give us as much information as possible, we need:

  • the number on the column or the number of the house the light is outside
  • the name of the road
  • the name of the town or village
  • what is wrong with the light

The more information we have when the fault is reported, the quicker we can identify the correct course of action and repair the light.

You can track the status of your street light problem using your reference number, postcode or street name.  Go to Check a query.

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