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VIDEO: Switch-over to LED street lights begins

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Bassetlaw’s first energy efficient street lights were fitted in Harrington Street, Worksop, this week.

The LED lanterns were installed by Notts County Council’s contractors Lafarge Tarmac and Imtech as part of a scheme which will roll-out across the county.

Coun Kevin Greaves, who chairs the council’s highways and transport committee, was there to see the work in progress.

“The existing sodium lights cost the council £30 a year to keep lit, whereas the new LEDs cost just £9.50,” said Coun Greaves.

“We never agreed with the switch-off scheme, started by the previous administration, which is why we turned them back on in rural areas like Langold where people were worried about safety.”

“We are committed to using LEDs on all new installations and lantern replacements across the county.”

Installing LEDs and dimming some other high-powered lanterns will save the council an estimated £700,000 by 2016/17.

The new lighting will be energy efficient, reliable and easy to maintain.

LED offers a whiter, brighter light which is more directional and, once installed, is can reduce energy consumption by 30 - 40 per cent.

They also have a longer life span which has the added benefit of lower ongoing maintenance costs.

The council spends £4.2 million a year on energy for street lighting, 15 per cent of the highways budget.

 

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