Street lighting energy reduction project - lighting upgrades
We are carrying out a programme to upgrade more than 41,000 (revised to 55,000 in October 2015) street lights across the county. We will replace existing light fittings with the latest light emitting diode (LED) lights which will reduce energy consumption by up to two thirds.
The programme is part of the Street Lighting Energy Reduction Project which will reduce carbon emissions and save almost £24 million over 25 years.
The programme started in June 2013 and replacement works will take place at various locations around the county over six years. Existing street lamps will be replaced with a new LED light fitting. There may be occasional instances where we need to carry out additional work such as repairing or replacing a lighting column. The column will remain in the same location.
About the new lighting
LED lighting is much more energy efficient and has a longer life span than traditional street lighting. The new lights produce white light which allows objects and people to be identified more easily compared with the light from a traditional lamp. They are also fitted with technology which allows the street light to be dimmed overnight when there are fewer vehicles and pedestrians around.
As part of the project we have been identifying street lights in the county which may be considered suitable for removal. These lights are most likely to be on traffic routes in rural areas between towns and villages. We estimate there are 7,000 (revised to 3,000 in October 2015) street lights in the county that are suitable for removal.
Where it has been identified that existing street lighting is not required we will carry out a full risk assessment to determine whether it is safe to remove it. The risk assessment will take account of road safety records and fear of crime issues. We will only remove street lights where it is safe to do so and will not remove street lights from residential areas.
This programme will take place over a six year period.
Frequently asked questions
Is every street light being upgraded?
No. We have carried out technical and financial assessments on all street lights and have identified 41,000 that are suitable for replacement.
Will the street lights be switched off while the work is taking place?
No. the existing street light will remain lit until the energy supply is switched across to the new light.
Will there be any differences to the lighting?
The new lights will concentrate light on the road and footpath areas and will reduce light pollution of surrounding areas.
What are the energy savings?
A typical existing street light uses 90 watts whereas an LED street light uses 30 watts for the same light output.
An updated Cabinet report was published in October 2015 to highlight a number of revisions and updates to the street lighting energy reduction project.
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