Often when walking or driving the streets at night, have you thoughts, what is the height of street lights, or I wonder how tall these lamp posts are? This answer is not straight-forward as the height of street lights can vary, particularly from the public sector and private sector. The height of street lights differs depending on where the street lights are placed and their intended use. 

At William Sugg and Co. Ltd. our team of lighting experts have designed, manufactured and installed a variety of street lighting while working alongside Local Authorities, Councils, Contractors, Lighting Engineers and more. Below we answer some of the most common questions about street lighting, lamp posts, and the height of each.

What height are street lights?

Most street lights range between 5 metres and 12 metres in height. The shorter heights are usually placed in residential areas, normally being around 5 to 6 metres tall. 

Larger street lights are usually between 8 to 12 metres tall and are found on main roads and thoroughfares. The height of the street light is determined by the width of the road and the brightness required for that carriageway or street. Usually, the wider the path or road, the higher the street light should be to allow for wider distribution of light.

Once a position is chosen, a detailed technical plan can be drawn up to identify the optimum height, design, exact position and light source/output for the street light.  Designing lamp post height and lighting specifications is technical piece of work that should be carried out by a trained lighting organisation. 

What are the main features of street lights?

As well as varying in lamp post height, street lighting can also come in a variety of materials and can use a variety of lighting types and sources. The most cost effective street light that is becoming increasingly popular is street lights that use LEDs. These produce a bright white light, are more sustainable and last much longer than a traditional discharge lamps or sodium lamps. Street lamps are most commonly made from corrosion resistant material such as aluminium or can be cast in iron. This is to ensure they can withstand the weather conditions all year round as well as being safe and durable. Historically, street lights were often made from cast iron and included decorative features to suit their environment.

Why is street lighting important?

Street lighting provides several core functions, which many of us take for granted every day. The most obvious is that street lights improve visibility for vehicles and pedestrians leading to safer roads and pavements for everyone.  Street lights help pedestrians and vehicles navigate around towns and cities, reducing accidents and making towns, cities, roads and communities safer.  Street lighting also contributes to a reduction of crime on the streets, leading to a safer feeling for communities. 

According to recent research by the College of Policing

“…both violent and property crime was reduced by an average of 21% in areas with improved street lighting compared to areas without.”

Street lighting






What are the benefits of street lighting?

While many of the reasons we use street lights remain obvious, the implication of good street lighting is far reaching.  Here is a list of the main benefits of street lighting, collated by the Institute of Lighting Professionals.  Does this include items that you’d perhaps not considered?

  • Prevention of night time personal injuries and accidents 
  • Reduction of street crime 
  • Reduction of the fear of street crime 
  • Promotion of sustainable transport (i.e. public transport, cycling and walking)
  • Encouraging and facilitating social inclusion by providing the freedom to walk along and use our streets after dark 
  • Supporting and promoting economic development via 24 hour leisure economy Facilitating lifelong learning by providing after dark access to educational facilities
  • Assisting emergency services to identify locations and carry out their duties. Without modern street lighting the time taken to attend an incident could be increased.

Our heritage street lighting options:

Brompton Parish

Mackenzie Column

Southport Column

William Sugg Street Lights

Where can street lighting be found?

It won’t be a surprise to hear that street lighting can be found in virtually any public space. As the name suggests, they are there to light up the streets!  Street lights are usually placed to the rear of pavements or banks to allow the light to illuminate as much space as possible. Another common place to find street lighting is in parks and public spaces. These are used to enhance safety during hours of darkness as well as lengthening the time people can use an area.

Street lighting at William Sugg

At William Sugg and Co. Ltd, we have a variety of heritage cast columns and lanterns to add a touch of history to any street or public space. All our street lighting is made from the highest quality materials and is equipped with an energy-efficient modern light source to reduce energy but maximise lighting outputs.

For more information on anything street lighting, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.  We’d love to hear from you.