Lamp posts (tagging question)

Posted by Higgy on 30 July 2009 in English (English)

I got bored while walking home the other day and decided to map lamp posts on my street. Didn't know how to tag them as it's not in map features.

Some digging (grepping UK planet extract for 'lamp') exposed use of lamp=yes.

Has anyone else mapped any? What tags have you used?

Finally, is it worth doing?


Comment from knarF on 31 July 2009 at 04:53

Look at
And I think that I should get Street Light data around here too ;)

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Comment from kenguest on 31 July 2009 at 08:11

there are probably asset number tags on them too - I'd imagine asset=# ??

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Comment from Biogenesis_ on 31 July 2009 at 08:19

Somebody would find it interesting. I know Energy Australia (electricity distribution company) keep every pole they own in their GIS and load that data onto Garmin units which get handed out to employees.

Never underestimate the demand for trivial details :).

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Comment from marscot on 31 July 2009 at 10:18

I now use lit=yes lit=no on all road/track paths and have added the tag to roads ect I have done before I started to tag lit. It could be used to show a map with lit streets and paths.

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Comment from Higgy on 31 July 2009 at 10:34

Thanks all for comments.

Yes, there is the key lit=* but I think this applies more to the highway the street light is on. Wiki says it can be applied to nodes but I'd guess this applies to a statue, for example, rather than the street light itself.


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Comment from Minh Nguyen on 1 August 2009 at 08:27

amenity=light would be consistent with amenity=bench, but you’re really getting into unmapped territory here. :^)

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Comment from OJW on 4 August 2009 at 07:55

Surely lit applies to the thing being illuminated (the road) rather than to the light-source? I seem to remember this discussion coming up on the lighthouse page (does lit=yes mean the lighthouse is illuminated with floodlights, or that it is illuminating the distant horizon)

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Comment from OJW on 4 August 2009 at 07:57

great idea - I know several homes where the "best" description of how to get there is "N'th lamppost on the (left|right)" - saves someone having to count house numbers as they're driving down a long road looking for your house.

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Comment from ColinMarquardt on 4 August 2009 at 15:13

I have done an overlay for my map showing lit=yes/no at

A different kind of tagging (highway = street_lamp; lamp_mount = suspended; lamp_type = fluorescent) is here:

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