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LED Street Lighting Could Be A Bright Idea For Local Councils

LED Street Lighting Could Be A Bright Idea For Local Councils


It is a well-known fact that switching to LED lighting can cut your household electricity bill enormously.

Last year, British newspaper The Telegraph explained how switching to these kinds of lights can save you at least £240 every year - a whopping amount that could be put towards a holiday, for instance, or into your savings for a rainy day.

If that's how much one household can save by replacing a dozen lights around the home with a more cost-effective LED alternative, one can only imagine how much money local councils might save if they did the same thing throughout their towns and cities.

It is not only possible for councils to embrace the possibilities of LED street lighting but incredibly easy to implement as well. Doing so could create huge savings - something no council should shrug their shoulders at during these times of austerity and budget cuts. In fact, it is estimated that major councils around the United Kingdom could be saving £2 million a year in just two years time compared to the current expenditure.

One council that has recently decided to go ahead with this, upgrading over 65,000 street lights around their city to LED technology which uses much less energy and therefore lasts longer, is Leicestershire County Council.

Looking for areas where they could save on their normal annual budget, and contending with displeased residents aggrieved by the switch-off scheme that was in place between 7pm and 7am, they have decided to embrace the technology. The finalised plans will be discussed in a meeting today, July 9th.

The scheme is costing £25 million (paid for with council reserves and government funding) but is expected to quickly be able to pay for itself. Leicestershire County Council expects that there will initially be a £250,000 saving for 2015 and 2016. Then there will be a £170,000 saving in 2016 and 2017. However, between 2017 and 2018 it will be saving over £1 million and by 2018 to 2019 that will have doubled to £2 million.

It goes to show, once again, how everyone can be saving money in the long term with cost-effective LED lighting. With traditional household 5-watt bulbs most average homeowners would consume about 0.6 kilowatts per hour, translating to around 7p per hour. With an LED alternative - for example, a 6 watt LED equivalent - you are no longer paying 7p per hour. You are paying 7p per day.

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