A county council project to install 68,000 LED street lights across the county and save £1.5 million a year is midway through its completion.
The energy saving and cost efficient technology is being installed by Leicestershire County Council to provide an economic, safe and sustainable way of lighting up towns and villages in the area.
So far, nearly 37,000 low and high level lights have been installed as part of a £25 million investment programme. This includes replacing existing street lights and removing unnecessary highway sign lighting.
The new lights will be controlled centrally and remotely with an installed central management system, enabling those in part-lit areas to be switched back on temporarily during the evening to help the emergency services at incident scenes.
It is great to see our commitment to investing in LED technology come to fruition across Leicestershire, with local residents and motorists already benefiting from the upgraded lighting at this halfway stage.”
“The new lighting should help contribute to a safer, more energy efficient county and give it a fresher, more modern appearance, which should be even more effective after completion.Person:Councillor Peter Osborne, cabinet member for highways and transport
According to Leicestershire County Council Highways team, figures show that the council’s street lighting energy use from April to December 2016 is almost 2.2 million kwh (kilowatt) less than the same period in 2015, which translates to around £263,000 and 900T of carbon.
The council’s full street lighting installations are expected to be completed in March 2018.
Once the programme is completed, the new lights are expected to save around £1.5 million per annum through a combination of reduced energy bills and lower maintenance costs, as the reliability of the LED bulbs is significantly better that traditional street lights.