Let there be light! Power-sav­ing LEDs net Hal­ton Coun­cil £250,000

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● A MAS­SIVE street light up­grade scheme has slashed Widnes and Run­corn’s an­nual en­ergy bill by £250,000 ac­cord­ing to Hal­ton Coun­cil.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity said it has up­graded more than 7,000 lanterns to LED, re­sult­ing in two mil­lion kilo­watt hours of power be­ing saved ev­ery year.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said this is equiv­a­lent to £250,000 at 2018 prices, and a re­duc­tion of 1,000 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions.

In­stal­la­tion of LED lights be­gan in 2009 and at an in­creas­ing rate since then.

Con­vert­ing to LED is in­tended to pro­vide bet­ter light­ing for road users and a greater feel­ing of safety and se­cu­rity.

The coun­cil spokes­woman said the up­graded lanterns have im­proved con­trol of light dis­tri­bu­tion which means more light falls on where it is needed and less il­lu­mi­na­tion is spilled away where it is not needed.

In 2015, af­ter a bid to the Depart­ment Of En­ergy And Cli­mate Change (DECC), the coun­cil re­ceived a grant to­wards the in­stal­la­tion of around 2,000 LED street lights.

From 2016, the ex­ec­u­tive board agreed a pro­gramme to roll out LED in­stal­la­tion for the rest of the bor­ough at the rate of around 2,500 lanterns per year.

In the first two years of this pro­gramme, more than 5,000 lanterns have been up­graded or re­placed with LED.

Th­ese en­ergy-ef­fi­cient units, lower power con­sump­tion typ­i­cally by 50% or more.

They also need less main­te­nance than pre­vi­ous tech­nolo­gies.

In ad­di­tion, the LED street lights vary the light lev­els dur­ing the night when road use is min­i­mal, pro­duc­ing fur­ther en­ergy sav­ings.

Typ­i­cal over­all en­ergy sav­ings of the schemes that have been in­stalled in Hal­ton to date have re­sulted in an en­ergy re­duc­tion of around 70%.

To date more than 13,000 of Hal­ton’s 20,000 street lights have been con­verted or changed to LED.

The spokes­woman said the coun­cil has con­tin­ued to shop around for the best prices, which are now 75% less than in 2009.

On­go­ing im­prove­ments to the LEDs have also in­creased ef­fi­ciency by up to 30% since the first ones were fit­ted nine years ago.

The res­i­den­tial roads pro­gramme is due to be com­pleted by the end of March 2021.

Cllr Stan Hill (high­ways and trans­port) said: “It is es­sen­tial that we spend money on mod­ernising our street lights to guard against ris­ing en­ergy prices and main­te­nance costs, and the sav­ings that have been made, both in cost and en­ergy, by in­stalling th­ese LED lights are tremen­dous.

“We have re­ceived some very pos­i­tive com­ments from res­i­dents about the new lights as they are be­ing in­stalled around the bor­ough.”

Cllr Stan Hill, Hal­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for high­ways and trans­port, with one of the LED lights

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