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Herefordshire residents ‘LED’ towards new lighting technology

As nights draw in now that the clocks have gone back, residents will notice many streetlights in the county sporting new state-of-the-art Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.

On behalf of Herefordshire Council, Amey are currently replacing selected street lights and traffic signals across the County with LED lighting to cut carbon emissions, reduce costs and maintain community safety.

So far this year, more than 2,000 old lighting units and 900 traffic signals have been upgraded which will result in an estimated annual saving of £62,000 and 325 tonnes of CO2.

The street lights that have been selected for replacement so far are reaching the end of their useable life. Once installed, residents and road users will benefit from clearer light that also reduces overspill into people’s homes and a reduction in sky glow.

The new lights allow a wider spectrum of colours to be seen and facial features to be distinguished. As a result, many people feel safer where there is new lighting. This is not achievable with traditional lighting, which can create an orange glow and make colours indistinguishable.

Councillor Russell B. Hamilton, Cabinet Member for environment, housing and planning joined Amey staff in Ledbury to see for himself how installations were making a difference. He said: “We have had positive feedback from residents following the first phase of this scheme.

Installation of the new LED lights will benefit the county as a whole by reducing our costs on lighting in public places and helping us to become a low carbon county.  The cost savings are estimated to be approximately 60 per cent from the reduction in electricity and maintenance requirements."

He added: "Following the impressive results I’m pleased to announce that the second phase of the project will see all traffic bollards, signs and signal heads in addition to a further 1,500 street lights replaced across Herefordshire by Christmas.  This is expected to reduce our impact on the environment by approximately 11,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next 20 years. 

“Beyond our current commitment to replacing about a third of lighting in public places with LED technology we have now set a new target.  I am delighted to be able to announce a third and significant phase of the project to coincide with the end of another successful year for h.Energy by increasing this to all public lighting. This will see the replacement of all remaining public lighting with LED technology.

“This is a scheme that really does make a difference for everyone who lives in Herefordshire and the improvements in lighting mean that we are not wasting money lighting the sky making Herefordshire a place where you can see the stars.   The savings from this will help to reduce the increasing pressure on key services such as adult social care."