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Indicates whether a feature is lit. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areas (and multipolygon relations)should not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
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Status: de facto

The key lit=* indicates the presence of lighting and can be used on nodes, ways, areas, or relations.

Most often it is used on a way tagged with highway=* but sensible on many other nodes or ways, too, such as bus stops, advertising or pitches.

List of possible values

Value Element Comment Photo
yes node way area There are lights installed: the times of operation are assumed to be during the night, usually from evening civil twilight on Wikipedia to morning civil twilight. Lights do not need to be purpose-built to lit this specific object, for example footway lit by a billboard or nearby motorway still can be lit=yes. A3BelgiumByNight.JPG
24/7 node way area There are lights installed, which are always on even during the day. Examples include tunnels or indoors. Barbican center august 2014 - 2.jpg
no node way area There are no lights installed, and no artificial illumination at night. 2014-09-09 14 29 17 View east along U.S. Route 50 about 0.8 miles east of the Lander County line in Eureka County, Nevada.JPG
disused node way area There are lights installed, but they are broken or out of use in the long-term. Broken light (10499998453).jpg
automatic node way area There are lights installed, but they only turn on when something passes by, usually through motion detection. Faro alogeno con sensore 2.jpg
limited node way area There are lights installed, but they are not always on during the night. Examples includes roads that have part-night street lighting in the United Kingdom. In some countries, such as Germany and Austria, they are specifically marked with a red band. No street lighting Leeds July 2014.jpg
interval node way area Intended for use by flashing lights, typically used on top of tall structures like towers, buildings, or bridges. Windpark Neudorf - Bei Nacht.JPG
operating times node way area The schema of opening_hours is in use to document when the light is on, most prominently sunset-sunrise and dusk-dawn. However, due to the extensiveness of the opening hours syntax, it is hard for data consumers to interpret these correctly (hence, none does, currently). Also, as operating times are strictly a separate information from the physical presence of street lighting which can usually not be verified effectively on-site but depend on (shifting) regulations of individual municipalities, some mappers put this information in a separate tag. All of the alternative separate tags used so far experience miniscule usage however, see taginfo.

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Common combinations


The lit= tag on ways is infrequently rendered.

Highway lighting in London
  • OsmAnd can show lit and unlit ways (to differentiate from ways without lit= data at all). Turn it on in Configure MapDetailsStreet Lighting.
  • Trail Router highlights lit ways ("unlit" ways might simply have no data) when you enable Avoid unlit streets in the settings. Note that the data is about half a year old as of December 2020 (grass and other features are up to date, but the lit layer is 3-9 months out of date).
  • Map evaluating lit tag, seemingly meant to validate hours during which a way is lit. Performs an Overpass query and draws circles on ways with a lit tag (i.e., does not render whether a way is lit) merely which ways have data available. It also shows errors for most values, which can be safely ignored.

For rendering of individual lamp nodes, confer with the Rendering section of the street_lamp article.

Seasonally changing situation

This light will be blocked by leaves during summer

Measuring how well given footway is lit, even for binary lit/unlit status is tricky in many cases - for example many footways are well lit during winter when deciduous trees are without leaves and snow is reflecting light. During summer the same footway may be not lit.

Possible tagging mistakes

There are quite a lot of variations in lit-tagging, some commonly used not-listed values are:

If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
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If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

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