Lights out!

The decline in Britain's street lighting

More than a third of Britain's street lights were dimmed in 2017 and 12% have been completely switched off. This interactive map shows which regions are getting darker for drivers.

Number of lights affected in Britain

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By issuing a request under the Freedom of Information Act to local authorities we were able to find out which regions were affected by the decrease in street lighting.

Of the 433 councils, 222 responded, revealing that 36% of lights were dimmed and 12% were switched off completely.

The darkest regions were calculated by looking at which UK regions had the highest percentage of lights that were switched off or dimmed.