LED street-lighting roll-out to save Edinburgh millions

Edinburgh. Hamish Irvine/Flickr

Edinburgh. Hamish Irvine/Flickr

Councillors in Edinburgh have approved plans to upgrade street lights across the city, with savings estimated to be £77m over the next 20 years.

Members of the Transport and Environment Committee met yesterday and agreed proposals to convert 54,000 street lights to energy-efficient LED (Light Emitting Diodes).
The move follows a project to replace 7000 obsolete lanterns with LED lights last year, aiming to reduce the cost of energy consumption for the city’s street lights, which was in the region of £2.97m per year.
With energy rates expected to double within the next ten years, the use of LEDs will allow the Council to reduce electricity usage while mitigating the expected rise in carbon costs.
Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said:
“The city-wide roll-out of LED lights is a huge step towards an efficient, sustainable future for Edinburgh. Not only will it reduce carbon emissions but will have a real impact on energy costs in the long term.
“Our aim is to draw on experience gained from the first phase of white lights which has allowed us to gauge demands on lamp brightness and control for residents and traffic.”
The public response from the initial project was taken in to account and resulted in the proposed installation of brighter LEDs with the facility to remotely adjust lighting levels, rather than individually, where necessary.

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