Wiltshire street lights to be dimmed overnight

Wiltshire street lights to be dimmed overnight

Published by Ellie Harries at 10:14am 12th December 2018.

The council are spending over £12 million on LED lights which they say will save money as well as energy.

Wiltshire Council look after 45,000 lights on the county highways, and they plan to dim them every night.

They're looking to replace all the old bulbs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting, starting to install them in 2019/20 over two years.

The new bulbs, which can be dimmed, will cut energy consumption by 69%.

The council plan to do just that between 8.00pm and 6.00am every night.

They've also agreed to consider converting non-highway lighting to LED, including public open spaces, car parks and housing estates, subject to suitability and cost.

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for highways, Bridget Wayman, said;

"Now is the right time to convert our ageing streetlights to modern, flexible LED technology.

"It's a significant investment but in the long term it will make vital savings and give us a much more reliable system.

"As well as the financial benefits it will also significantly reduce our carbon footprint."

 

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