Since my childhood spent in East Northants I have always had an interest in streetlighting and took a keen interest in watching the rapid demise of the old GLS and MBF lanterns that were being replaced with SOX during the early 1980's, generaly I prefer the older designs of Lanterns though not exclusively. This site is devoted mainly to older lanterns with some exceptions. I am not currently a collector but do love to see older lamps in situ and still in use.
It is disapointing that Northamtonshire County Council not only 'downgraded' almost all lighting to SOX to save money but have now switched off every 2nd lantern as well.
The photogalleries contain many photos of lanterns, most of which survive, though for how long is unknown, in the short time this site has been running replacement has already taken place of several examples shown on this site.
I hope you enjoy the site, please feel free to contibute with comments or pictures to the email address on the Contacts shown below.
I would love to hear from you regarding all things streetlighting.
Note: I am not in the trade so would be unable to sell equipment/spare parts, lamps etc or provide repair/install services but as a qualified electrial engineer may be able to point you in the right direction or give some advice on streetlighting matters. To report faulty streetlights in the bedfordshire area please use the contacts futher down the page
email me via the link below:
For reporting faulty Streetlights in Bedford and North Bedfordshire please phone 01234 228661
For Reporting faulty streetlights in Central Bedfordshire please email
or phone 0300 300 8049