Changes to Street Lighting in East Sussex

We have been making changes to street lighting on residential and main roads across East Sussex. This page sets out what we have done, why we needed to do it and how your local knowledge has helped.

For general information, including how to report a faulty light, see our page about Street lighting.

Why has street lighting changed?

We reviewed all our services to ensure we are making best use of the money we have to meet the needs of East Sussex residents.

These changes to street lighting will help us to:

  • reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions
  • lower our electricity bills
  • provide better quality lighting and improve visibility.

The changes we have made have been positively received by residents and businesses. Local police have seen no increase in incidents reported to them.

How has street lighting changed?

There are two different lighting schemes in East Sussex – the LED Lighting Scheme and the Part Night Lighting Scheme.

LED Lighting Scheme

In Eastbourne and Hastings we have changed most of the lights to new white LED lighting and dimmed some lights along main roads between midnight and 6.00 am.

Part Night Lighting Scheme

The part night scheme is in operation in most other towns and villages in East Sussex, apart from Eastbourne and Hastings. The scheme means that between midnight and the early hours we have:

  • dimmed some street lights
  • turned off alternate street lights in some streets
  • turned off all street lights in some streets

How did we consult on the changes to street lighting?

We held engagement events across the county, with detailed maps of the local areas where street lighting will change.

All comments were considered and noted, alongside information from the police, fire service, ambulance service, our highways engineers and other local councils.


We asked for your comments on street lighting in:

Eastbourne (LED)

  • Langney, Eastbourne
  • Hampden Park, Eastbourne
  • Ratton, Eastbourne
  • Sovereign, Eastbourne
  • St Anthony’s, Eastbourne
  • Old Town, Eastbourne
  • Meads, Eastbourne
  • Devonshire, Eastbourne
  • Upperton, Eastbourne

Rother (Part Night Lighting)

  • Bexhill
  • Battle
  • Flimwell and Hurst Green
  • Rye

Wealden (Part Night Lighting)

  • Polegate
  • Westham and Stone Cross
  • Wealden District
  • Herstmonceux
  • Orchard Grange, Upper Dicker
  • Hailsham
  • Crowborough
  • Uckfield
  • Willingdon

Lewes (Part Night Lighting)

  • Lewes
  • Newhaven and South Heighton
  • Peacehaven and Telscombe
  • Seaford

Hastings (LED)

  • Ore
  • Old Hastings
  • Tressell
  • Castle
  • Central St Leonards
  • Maze Hill
  • West St Leonards
  • Gensing
  • Braybrooke
  • Baird
  • St Helens
  • Silverhill
  • Wishing Tree
  • Conquest
  • Hollington
  • Ashdown

LED Street Lighting Reviews

Details of the Eastbourne reviews are published below:

Langney, Hampden Park and Ratton Three Month Review

Sovereign, St Anthonys and Old Town Three Month Review

Meads, Devonshire and Upperton Three Month Review

Details of the Hastings review is published below:

Hastings and St Leonards Six Month Review

Equality Impact Assessment

For each area, we considered how changes to our street lighting policy may affect different groups in the community.


If you want any further information about the changes to street lighting in East Sussex please get in touch with our contact centre.

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