Street Lighting



Street lighting is provided by municipalities on public roadways to provide enhanced visibility, security, and overall safety to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.  The Town of Whitby currently has approximately 11,800 street lights with various styles, age and conditions.  Currently the Town maintains all of our street lights and approximately 6,500 street light poles.

Have a Streetlight Problem?

At times, streetlights can fail to turn on or they don't turn off. We appreciate your assistance in reporting these and other streetlight problems. When reporting a streetlight problem, please give us as much information as possible, including:

  • closest street address
  • pole number (located on the pole just above eye level)
  • details about the problem (light stays on during the day, light is out, light cycles on and off)
  • visible damage to the pole or light

Please report any streetlight malfunctions to the Town of Whitby, Operations Centre at 905.668.3437.

LED Street Light Conversion Program

Street lighting is a core service provided by municipalities, townships and utility companies across Canada. Energy consumption and maintenance costs, as well as environmental impacts have become a motivation for municipalities and townships to seek fitting alternatives to High Pressure Sodium (HPS) light fixtures. Because of its ability to consume less hydro, reduce maintenance costs, and improve lighting distribution, Light Emitting Diode (LED) has become the technology of choice.

The Town of Whitby currently maintains approximately 11,800 streetlights. Since July 2015, the Town of Whitby has been retrofitting the existing HPS street lights with new LED street lights. To date, approximately 8,300 street lights have been converted from HPS to LED. With nearly 75% of the street lights converted to LED, this is resulting in lower maintenance and hydro costs, which in turn lowers carbon dioxide equivalents and light pollution. 

Starting in the fall of 2017, the remaining HPS street lights outside of the downtown cores will be converted to LED. This conversion is expected to be completed within 6 months.


Council Report PW 13-15, February 9, 2015

To review the current locations where LED streetlights have been converted, review the LED map.