For years Belgium was known at the country where all the motorways were bathed in light at night. To cut costs, save energy and limit light pollution, some motorways are no longer lit all night in some places.
If the street lighting is not working properly or the bulb in a streetlight is broken, it is best to inform the competent authorities immediately. For a municipal road this is Sibelga and for a regional road, Brussel Mobiliteit/Bruxelles Mobilité.
Sometimes the public lighting is left on even during daylight hours. This may be due to repair work, a malfunction or an incorrect signal from Elia.
In Brussels everyone with a connection to the electricity grid contributes towards the costs of the public lighting through their energy bill. The amount depends on the capacity of your connection and is part of Sibelga’s public service obligations.
From early December until mid-January, the communes and traders’ associations put up cheerful Christmas lights in the city. And so countless lights twinkle for eight hours every night in the winter darkness.
If you are organising an event, then as soon as you have the permit from the competent authority, contact Sibelga to have a connection to the electricity grid.