LTA maintains more than 95,000 streetlights along public roads, back lanes and service roads. It also manages the lighting for these road facilities within public roads:

  • Bus shelters
  • Covered linkways connecting pedestrian overhead bridges and bus shelters
  • Footbridges and Vehicular Bridges
  • Footpaths
  • Pedestrian Malls
  • Open spaces at MRT stations
  • Pedestrian overhead bridges
  • Pedestrian and Vehicular Underpasses
  • Zebra crossing beacon lights
Streetlight on Public Road

Besides LTA, National Parks Board (NParks), Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Community Improvement Projects Committee (CIPC) also provide lighting for facilities and roads under their purview.

Keeping our streets well-lit

LTA checks the street lighting conditions across the island every 2 months during the night. Through regular inspections, faulty streetlights are spotted and fixed promptly to keep the roads well-lit for safe travelling.

LTA also works closely with NParks to prune trees that block the dispersion of lighting.

You can help us keep the streets safely lit at night. When you see faulty lighting along the streets or at commuter facilities, please send your message through the Online Feedback.

Flexible operating hours

Electronic timers are used to operate the streetlights by switching them on at pre-set times. Hence, it is more flexible to adjust the timing for turning on or off the streetlights.

For example, during the period of the year when the sun sets earlier, streetlights are programmed to be switched on earlier.

Saving energy costs

LTA is constantly exploring ways to cut energy costs for lighting. We have reduced the illumination level at some commuter facilities. The reduced lighting -- which is still comparable to international standards -- is hardly noticed by pedestrians. At the same time, this measure has brought significant cost savings.

We will also be using High Performance Lanterns when we install new street lights. These lanterns are more energy efficient, enabling us to save electricity and reduce operating costs in the long term. High Performance Lanterns will also be used when existing lanterns of street lights are due for replacement.

The public has suggested switching off every other streetlight to cut energy costs. However, this will result in a pattern of dark and bright patches on the road surface, creating a 'zebra effect'. The contrast will strain the human eye and pose a risk for drivers. Hence, this measure cannot be implemented as the safety of motorists takes precedence over cost savings.