Street Lighting Design & Planning

Get smart about your street lighting solution with Aptus. Fully accredited through the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC), Aptus deliver street lighting to residential and commercial schemes.

Our dedicated in-house lighting team have a combined 20 years’ experience within sectors ranging from Housing Developers, Local Authorities, Highways England, Retail and Sports Lighting to working alongside planners and architects to provide a complete lighting solution.

Read about our innovative and energy-saving street lighting solutions in our case study. To learn more about our street lighting service, speak to us on 01204 325 000, or fill in our contact form.

Street lighting installations for industrial, commercial and residential developments

Street lighting installations do not need to be expensive and time-consuming. Since 2010, we’ve helped construction clients deliver their industrial, commercial and residential street lighting projects on time and budget whilst also being energy-saving. From the initial designs and cable fixes to the final connection, test and commission stages, our award-winning in-house team of street lighting designers and installers will manage every step of the process for you so that you can focus on your business. To get started today, speak to our team on 01204 325 000, or leave us a message here, and we will arrange a callback.

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    What we offer

    • Street lighting design and planning
    • Single operation connection and disconnection service; reducing disruption, timescales and cost to our clients
    • Dedicated in-house street lighting design team
    • Design production in accordance with BS5489-1:2013, BS EN 13201-1:2014, BS7671 and ILP guidelines

    Why choose Aptus for street lighting installation

    • Award-winning industry specialists since 2010
    • Fully-managed service
    • Accredited by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC)
    • Specialist project management
    • 250 fully equipped and skilled personnel
    • Nationwide operations
    • Competitive rates
    • Independent Connections Provider (ICP) with direct connections onto the distribution network

    We also offer a Street Lighting Design and Planning service, and our team will go above and beyond to ensure you receive an exceptional service. Read all about the work we do and the excellent service we provide in our Street Lighting Design Case Study Document.

    Street Lighting Design & Planning
    Case study

    Street Lighting, Transport for Greater Manchester

    George Cox & Sons Ltd

    Aptus worked with George Cox to deliver a sophisticated system of ‘smart’ street lighting, supported by CCTV, to create safe and secure parking close to the city centre, through a Park & Ride scheme commissioned by Transport for Greater Manchester …

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What different types of street lighting are there?

    There are two main types of street lighting:

    High-pressure sodium (HPS) – HPS is a gas-discharge type of lighting that provides a yellowish-orange or orange colour light. It was the first type of street light to be widely used and remains the most commonly used form of street lighting today. It is cheaper to install and operate than other street lights, but it also has drawbacks, including the tendency to produce more glare than other types and a shorter lifespan.

    Metal halide (MH) – MH lights are an improvement over HPS, producing a whiter light with less glare and longer life spans. They also tend to cost more than HPS lights.

    Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) – LEDs produce white light when illuminated by electricity. Although they tend to cost more upfront, they last longer than both MH and HPS lights. LEDs also consume less energy than other forms of street lighting.

    What are the steps involved in the street lighting design process?

    1. Street lighting design begins with the street lighting designer, who will assess the project requirements and determine the type of street lights best suited for the project. The designer will also conduct a thorough assessment of the area for which street lights are being installed, taking into account traffic volumes, pedestrian activity, and nearby buildings.
    1. The designer will then produce a detailed design of each street light, using information from previous assessments of each location and information about any local and/or national regulations that may apply to the project.
    1. Installation can begin once all assessments have been completed and a detailed design has been created for each street light. This process is overseen by an electrical contractor and/or light contractor licensed to install street lights in your area. The electrical contractor or light contractor will work with local utilities to ensure that all underground utility lines are marked before digging so that they can be relocated if necessary during construction. The utilities’ workers will also mark the location of any existing street lights that need to be removed before installation.
    1. Installers will then dig holes for the foundations of each street light and install a footing. Next, they will install a pipe (known as a conduit) in which the electrical wiring for each street light will be routed. The conduit is installed at least 18 inches below the surface of the ground, and it is nailed or welded into a trench that’s dug to accommodate it. The conduit must be buried at least 8 inches underground to prevent anyone from accidentally damaging it during construction activities.
    1. The electrical or light contractor will then run wires from an existing transformer box (if one exists) or supply power through underground power lines to each street light location. A wire cable called an armoured cable, which has been pre-wired with all of the necessary components for a complete street light fixture, is attached to each hole in which a new fixture will be installed. When the holes are dug for the street lights, liners are placed in each hole to protect the new concrete from damage.
    1. Once everything is installed, the light fixtures will be attached to each pole and wired. They will then be tested and inspected to ensure they’re working properly, and they will be connected to a master controller that controls all of the street lights within the area. The final step includes placing any necessary reflectors on top of each fixture to send light in all directions and illuminating signs that indicate whether or not a particular street light is in operation (i.e., if it’s working).

    Many people think replacing an existing street light requires only a few hours of labour, but this isn’t always the case. Especially when it comes to replacing old fixtures with newer ones, replacement projects can require several days or weeks of work depending on how many lights need to be replaced and how far apart they are.

    Why choose Aptus Utilities for your street lighting installation?

    At Aptus Utilities, we offer a free initial consultation for our street light installations. You’ll never be charged for an estimate. We’ll be happy to provide you with information about the different types of equipment available so you can make an informed decision about which ones will work best for your home or business. We provide a wide range of services, including street lighting design, planning and installation. 
    Contact us on 01204 235 000 to discuss your project or fill in our contact form.

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