When will your lights get smart?

SUFFOLK residents can check when and whether lights are going out in their street.

The county council has produced lists and maps showing when its intelligent lighting system will be rolled out to towns and villages and, in larger towns, has included maps showing what is happening to individual street lights.

In most cases, lamp standards under 6m tall will be switched off between midnight and 5.30am and those taller than that will be dimmed to 80 per cent between 9pm and 1am and 60 per cent from 1am to 5.30am. The county says the system will save at least £550,000 per year in energy costs.

But some lights will stay on, including at major junctions, in alleys linking housing areas, town centres with CCTV, places where there may be a crime risk and near bus stops, pedestrian crossings and speed humps.

The new computer controlled system allows the county to adjust timings on individual lights so a street might stay on longer or be lit for a special event.

Details of the switchover can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/street lighting, including maps and lists showing which streets in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket fall into which districts and which lights will go off or be dimmed.

The switch to smart lighting started in Lowestoft in July, followed by the first areas of Bury and Ipswich on August 15.

Maps and street lists for Bury are in the town’s library. Details will be put in local libraries as switchover date nears and parish councils will have them.

Details can also be obtained from streetlighting@suffolk.gov.uk or Street Lighting Team, 5th floor Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

The list for West Suffolk:

Bacton May 7, Badwell Ash May 14, Barnham and Barningham May 14, Barton Mills May 7, Beck and Holywell Rows March 12, Beyton April 2, Bildeston April 23, Botesdale April 16, Bury districts A and B already switches, Bury C September 5, Bury E and F September 26, Chedburgh and Chevington May 7, Coddenham April 30, Combs November 28, Warl Stonham May 7, Elmswell and Eriswell April 2, the Fornhams May 14, Freckenham May 7, Gazeley May 14, Gislingham May 7, Great Bricett May 21, Grt Finborough April 30, Haughley April 9, Herringswell May 7, Honington and Hopton May 14, Horringer and Icklingham May 7, the Ixworths April 16, Kentford May 14, Lakenheath April 2, Lavenham April 23, Mendlesham April 30, Mildenhall March 12, Old Newton and Dagworth April 30, Rattlesden April 2, Red Lodge May 7, Rickinghall April 9, Rougham April 2, Stanton May 14, Stowmarket A November 28, Stowmarket B January 9, Stowmarket CJanuary 19, Stradishall May 7, Thurston April 16, Tuddenham St Mary and Walsham le Willows May 7, Wattisham April 30, Westley May 14, Wetherden April 9, Wickhambrook May 7, Woolpit April 9, Worlington May 7.