Plymouth City Council will begin an 18-month citywide street lighting replacement programme this week, as part of its energy and carbon saving measures.
The £8 million project, which will see nearly 29,000 street lights in the city replaced with energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps, will see the Council’s energy bill reduced by over £1 million a year.
Streets in the north-west of the city will be the first to receive the new lights, which give a colour of light similar to that of moonlight. Installation will then continue in stages across the north of the city, working from west to east, before moving to the southern half of the city.
In most cases the LED units will be flatter and squarer than existing lamps but in areas with heritage lighting, care will be taken to use lamps that are similar in appearance to the existing ones.
Plymouth will be one of the first cities in the UK to replace all of its street lights with LED units, but it has been able to benefit from the experience of other councils such as Birmingham and Gateshead, which have installed them extensively.