Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - September issue

Manchester goes LED to improve streetlights and cut carbon emissions

Manchester City Council is to replace the city’s 56,000 streetlights with new energy-saving LED lights – a move that will significantly reduce energy costs, while improving the quality of streetlighting.

The project, which begins in September 2017 and is due for completion in 2020, is expected to save Manchester £1.7million per year, while also reducing the city’s carbon emissions by some 7,500 tonnes each year.

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The state-of-the-art LED lights provide better illumination than existing sodium lamps. They produce a white light that is closer to daylight than the previous amber lanterns, making it easier for people to see objects clearly and identify colours.

The LED lights are also easier to focus onto roads and footpaths, meaning that less light is ‘spilled’ into residents’ homes and gardens.

The new lights have longer lifespans and are at least 60 per cent more efficient than the older type, meaning that Manchester’s annual electricity bill will be significantly reduced through the change.

Work to replace existing streetlights will typically take no more than a day or two on each street, with the new lanterns lit on the day of installation.

While all lanterns are to be replaced, lighting columns in good working order will remain in place, meaning that disruption to residents will be minimised.

The citywide changeover follows a successful trial on a number of Manchester streets, which resulted in positive feedback from residents.

Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Angeliki Stogia, said: “This change to new LED lighting will benefit Manchester by helping us to save money and provide a better quality of service for residents, while also significantly reducing the city’s carbon footprint.”

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