Manchester council is to replace the city’s 56,000 streetlights with new, energy-saving LED lights - a move which 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 £1.7m per year, while also reducing the city’s carbon emissions by around 7,500 tonnes per year.
The state-of-the-art LED lights provide better illumination than existing sodium lamps - producing a white light, which is closer to natural daylight than the previous amber lanterns and makes 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 which are in good working order will remain in place, meaning that disruption to residents will be minimised.
The citywide roll-out 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.
For more information, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/newstreetlights