Eco-friendly street lights to be trialled on Freda Road
By sarahlnewall | Friday, January 04, 2013, 12:26
NOTTS County Council is set to trial LED street lights as it seeks to cut down its energy bills.
LED Street Lights
The trial will see the lights in four residential streets converted to LED – which stands for light-emitting diodes – with the authority saying the new lights would be more energy-efficient.
If successful, the system could be introduced county-wide by the end of the year.
The plans will be discussed at the transport and highways committee on Thursday.
Four companies will take part in the trial, with Patrick Road in West Bridgford, Freda Road in Carlton, Deep Furrows in Carlton and Harris Road in Chilwell all seeing their lights switched over.
Andy Warrington, service director for highways, said: "The LED trials will use less energy and save money but provide the same level of service. The trials are being held to determine the public's views and to highlight some of the technical details we need to roll out the scheme countywide during 2013.
"The LEDs give a whiter, clearer light and the wattage will be reduced from 45 watts to 30 watts, saving a third on energy."
The trials will be used to determine the views of residents on the different quality of light through questionnaires.
It will also be looking at what specification of LED will be needed across the county and how the lights will be maintained in the future.
The new lights have already been installed in Patrick Road, and the remaining four streets will have new lights between now and mid-February.
Questionnaires will then be given to residents with the responses being analysed by the council in March.
Following the trials, the county will look at each of the four companies – Phillips, Urbis, Advanced LED and LED Roadway Lighting – to decide which will be used in the county. This decision is expected to be made in April.
The project is part of a four-year plan to cut down on street lights for financial and environmental reasons, expected to save about £500,000 a year in energy savings.
The authority says the cost of electricity for street lighting had increased from just over £1 million in 2004-05 to more than £5 million in 2010-11.
As well as the sharply rising energy costs, the council is also looking to make savings of £150 million over three years from 2010-11 in the wake of central Government cuts to local authorities.
The council has also said that it aims to reduce its impact on the environment and has set itself a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by two per cent from 2007 to 2012.