Why are some street lamps switched off at night?

Lower electricity costs, lower CO2 emissions: with the two and a half hour night-time shutdown of the street lighting, the city saves and makes a contribution to climate protection

The street lights are only switched off for two and a half hours - and not, as is often assumed, for the entire night. The nights before Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are excluded. As a result, the city can save 125,000 euros per year. Why is this happening? In 2012, the City Council of Moers commissioned the city administration to identify all potential savings against the background of the emergency budget. A specific suggestion from politicians was to switch off the lights at night. The administration has previously examined various options. This included, for example, the use of energy-saving light sources, dimming street lighting, switching off every second light or switching the lighting on later and off earlier. The result was that the temporary night shutdown is the most economical way to save electricity costs in the short term. At the same time, it is environmentally friendly. As the public discussion has shown that there are always misunderstandings on this topic, we have put together some of the most important questions and answers.

When was the night shutdown started?

The first shutdowns took place in September 2014. By March 2015, the comprehensive shutdown in Moers was implemented. The shutdown took place from north to south, i.e. starting in Kohlenhuck via Repelen, Rheinkamper Ring, Eicker-Wiesen, Utfort, Eick-West etc. to the end in Vennikel.

Shutdowns in the individual districts:

16.09.2014Kohlhuck, Pattberg, Repelen
14.10.2014Genend, Meerfeld, Rheinkamper Ring, Eicker-Wiesen, Utfort, Eick-West, Eick-Ost
11.11.2014Meerbeck, Hochstraß, Scherpenberg
09.12.2014Asberg (west of the railway line)
13.01.2015Hülsdonk, Moers, Asberg (east of the railway line)
09.03.2015Holderberg, Schwafheim, Vennikel

On what days and at what times are the street lights switched off?

The street lighting is switched off Monday through Friday between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. The street lights remain on completely on weekends and public holidays.

Are all lights switched off?

No. Pedestrian crossings and danger spots are further illuminated.

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How expensive is the conversion and what is the saving? (Status: 08/12/2014)

The costs for installing the night shutdown are around 180,000 euros (one-time). The savings in electricity costs amount to around 125,000 euros per year. The savings increase with an increase in the price of electricity.

What effects does the night shutdown have for climate protection?

The CO2 emissions are reduced by approx. 600 tons per year. For comparison: With the equivalent of around 11 tons per year In Germany, greenhouse gases are on average significantly higher than the global per capita volume of around 6.8 tonnes.

Have cities had negative experiences with night shutdown?

There was no impact on both road safety and crime in cities that temporarily switch off the street lights at night (e.g. Meerbusch or Rheine).

Why can't you just switch off every 2nd street lighting or do without switching off in certain areas?

Since this results in a quick change between light and darkness, the eyes have to constantly adjust to the change in light and can then no longer recognize obstacles that suddenly appear despite the driving lights. This affects traffic safety. In addition, the measure is not economical because the renovation costs are high and the savings effect is comparatively low.

Why is dimming the lighting not an alternative?

This only works with the same luminaires in the network. Fluorescent lamps are much more difficult to dim than LED lights, sodium vapor lamps or energy-saving lamps. All four lamps are in use in Moers.

How is the project technically implemented?

The lighting is controlled via a central computer in the town hall. That can be changed at any time.

Can't the savings also be achieved through the widespread use of LEDs?

LED retrofitting plus night shutdown saves the most electricity in the long term. A complete conversion of the street lighting to LED would cost the city of Moers around three million euros. That is why the lighting is gradually being upgraded. By the end of the year, ten percent of the street lighting in Moers will have switched to LEDs.

What do drivers have to consider?

There is a standardized marking on the lights that are switched off at night. Here, the vehicle owner must make his vehicle recognizable for other road users. This is done by switching on the parking lights.

Signs from the road traffic regulations:

38Sign 394Explanation

Lantern ring
In built-up areas, the symbol indicates lanterns that do not light up all night. In the red field it can be indicated in white letters when the lantern goes out.

How much does the parking light load the car battery?

Barely. With today's batteries, there are usually no problems, as the consumption of the parking light is very low.

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Are there also areas that remain continuously lit?

Since switching off the street lighting at night must not lead to a deterioration in road safety, this has been checked separately. In addition to ensuring the road safety obligation, special danger points and fear areas were the focus of the test.

By switching off the street lights, vehicle drivers have to adapt their driving behavior to the situation (lower speed, increased attention). However, pedestrians must still be able to use the footpaths safely without lighting. This means, for example, that pedestrians in the traffic area do not have to expect planters. During a night drive and inspection in Scherpenberg and Meerbeck under cloudy skies, for example, sufficient visibility was found. This also applied to pedestrians, who were able to spot built-in structures such as curbs, plant beds, etc. in good time. An objective reason for feelings of fear could not be noticed.

Further exams:

Special traffic areas

  • Accident sites The last 5 years were examined to determine whether poor visual relationships or clarity were a decisive criterion. If this is the case, the street lighting, if any, remains switched on continuously.
  • Level crossingsthat are used by passenger and freight traffic in regular operation remain illuminated. They should be visible to the vehicle driver at an early stage.
  • Railway underpasses are perceived by the majority as a dread dream and often represent a bottleneck in the transport network. Therefore, these remain continuously illuminated.
  • Anxiety dreamsKnown as such in the urban area, such as the train station area or the Royal Court, remain illuminated throughout.
  • Fire stations in principle do not require any special street lighting. Continuous lighting may be necessary depending on the location in the street.
  • Hospitals are continuously illuminated. Street lighting is therefore not required.
  • Pedestrian zones have a large number of obstacles (planters, benches) as well as stairs and ramps. During a nightly inspection (around 2.30 a.m.) it was found that a large number of shops are continuously illuminated. From a traffic point of view, continuous street lighting is only necessary in special danger areas (risk of falling on stairs, etc.).
  • Roundabouts can often only be recognized as such at a late stage in the dark and also represent points of orientation. Therefore, these must be illuminated continuously.
  • Spatial orientation points: In places of particular traffic importance or streets without special signs such as roundabouts, LSA or similar, it may be necessary to illuminate landmarks (e.g. Moers train station, Markt Repelen)

Zebra crossing/FGÜ

Pedestrian crossings with zebra crossings are to be continuously illuminated according to the directive.

Traffic lights / traffic light systems (LSA)

At the traffic lights, which are already switched off at night, the street lighting remains on continuously. Traffic lights, which can only be seen late due to their location, are also continuously illuminated. At all other traffic lights, the street lighting is turned off at night.

Bus stops

The bus stops, which are already lit today and are still served after 1:30 a.m., must be lit continuously (waiting halls or street lights).

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Which locations remain illuminated?

Special traffic areas

  1. L 399-Kamper- / Lintforter- / Rayer Straße (accident accumulation points UHS)
  2. Römer- / Franz-Haniel- / Königsberger Straße (UHS)
  3. Homberger- / Sand- / Grenzstraße (UHS)
  4. L 475-Krefelder- / Bendmann- / Steinbrückenstraße (UHS)
  5. Düsseldorfer Straße / driveway BAB 40 (UHS)
  6. Crossing aid for Verbands- / Windmühlenstraße
  7. Fire station Am Moersbach
  8. Markt Repelen (individual light points)
  9. Roundabout at Genender Platz
  10. Roundabout Rathausallee / Oder- / Liebrechtstraße
  11. Hebbelstrasse underpass
  12. Orsoyer Allee underpass
  13. Franz-Haniel- / Westerbruch- / Kornstraße roundabout
  14. Roundabout Universumplatz
  15. Bismarckstrasse level crossing
  16. Wetterstrasse level crossing
  17. Railway underpass Bergwerkstraße / Eurotec
  18. Railway underpass Homberger Straße / Bhf
  19. Tunnel breakthrough / Kirschenallee / Lotharstraße (area around the station)
  20. Essenberger Strasse railway underpass
  21. Asberger Strasse railway underpass
  22. Rheinhausener Strasse railway underpass
  23. Siedweg railway underpass (itself not illuminated, 1 light point each before and after the BU)
  24. Baerlerstrasse / Wittfeldstrasse level crossing
  25. Stairs and ramps Lower parking deck, Neuer Wall
  26. Stairs, ramps, parking floors, parking garage Kautzstraße
  27. Station forecourt with roundabout, P + R parking lot, underpass, Homberger Strasse up to and including the Kleverstrasse / Xantener Strasse junction
  28. Stairs at Schustergasse
  29. Stairs monument to Luise Henriette on the street Kastell
  30. Stairs monument Altmarkt
  31. Stairs monument Neumarkt
  32. Stairs on Uerdinger Strasse (between Steinstrasse and Haagstrasse)
  33. Staircase at Bendmannstrasse / parking lot
  34. Steps and ramps at Kurt-Schumacher-Allee (level with house no. 2), passage to Willi-Brandt-Allee
  35. Kurlandstrasse stairs (approx. Height of house no. 11) connection to Rathausallee
  36. Tucheler Weg staircase connection to Memelstrasse
  37. Konrad-Adenauer-Straße staircase connection to the Rheinkamp cultural center
  38. Römerstrasse stairs to Bergheimer Strasse
  39. Roundabout Düsseldorfer Straße / Martin-Luther-Ring
  40. Stairs at Düsseldorfer Strasse 307-309

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Zebra crossing

  1. Markt Repelen (passage to Stormstrasse)
  2. Kamp- / Liebrecht- / Kressestrasse roundabout
  3. Homberger- / Ernst-Holla- / Heinrichstraße roundabout
  4. Roundabout Kirschenallee- / Ernst-Holla- / Moselstrasse
  5. Blücher- / Hoch- / Tauben- / Hattrop- / Bahnenstraße roundabout
  6. Roundabout Tauben- / Kometenstraße / Germendonks Kamp
  7. Bismarckstrasse near Barbarastrasse
  8. Bismarckstrasse near Jahnstrasse
  9. Essenberger- / Heinrichstraße roundabout
  10. Roundabout Essenberger Straße / Am Geldermannshof
  11. Essenberger- / Bergstrasse roundabout
  12. Meer- / Steinstrasse
  13. Moerser Benden / Nordring
  14. Rheinhausener- / Leipziger Strasse
  15. Rheinhausener- / Wilhelm-Müller-Strasse
  16. Homberger- / Essenberger- / Augusta- / Goethestrasse roundabout
  17. Rheinberger- / Unterwall- / Wilhelm-Schroeder-Straße / Neuer Wall
  18. Hülsdonker- / Repelener- / Krefelder- / Unterwallstraße
  19. Repelenerstrasse / Mühlenstrasse
  20. Roundabout Kirchweg / Dorfstraße / Niederfeldweg
  21. Düsseldorfer Strasse / Kirchweg
  22. Cecilienstraße near the school
  23. Asberger Strasse at the height of the sports field

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Traffic lights / traffic light systems (LSA)

  1. Lintforter Strasse / Hoher Weg
  2. Willi-Brandt-Allee / Zur Ladengasse (LSA switched off at night)
  3. Römer- / Blücherstraße (LSA switched off at night)
  4. Römerstraße Höhe Real (LSA switched off at night)
  5. Homberger Strasse / comprehensive school
  6. Homberger- / Cecilienstraße
  7. L 237 Römer- / Autobahn feeder
  8. L 237 Römer- / Siedweg
  9. Repelener Straße / Am Schürmannshütt (LSA switched off at night)
  10. Krefelder- / Arnulfstraße (LSA switched off at night)
  11. Klever- / Bethanienstraße (LSA switched off at night)
  12. Wilhelm-Schroeder-Straße near Adolfinum (LSA switched off at night)
  13. Wilhelm-Schroeder- / Landwehrstraße (LSA switched off at night)
  14. Uerdinger- / Kautzstraße (LSA switched off at night)
  15. Diergardtstraße / Im Ohl (LSA switched off at night)
  16. Filder- / Wörthstraße (LSA switched off at night)
  17. Filder Straße Höhe Solimare (LSA switched off at night)
  18. Düsseldorfer- / Rheinhausener- / Vinner Straße (LSA switched off at night)
  19. Holderberger- / Filder- / Moerser Straße
  20. Pedestrian lights at Düsseldorfer Strasse
  21. Düsseldorfer Strasse / Kirchweg


  1. Repelener linden tree
  2. Repelen market
  3. Windmühlenstrasse
  4. Repelen settlement
  5. Eurotec
  6. Utfort town hall
  7. Tree road
  8. Oderstrasse
  9. Rheinkamper Ring
  10. Eicker meadows
  11. Moers Bf
  12. Royal court
  13. Augustastrasse
  14. North ring
  15. Baerler Street
  16. Bethany

To download:

Map: Street lighting in continuous operation (PDF, 2 MB) - not accessible)

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