Enlightened thinking?

LED street lamp

While the economic and energy saving arguments for LED street lamps are clear they can prove unpopular with local residents.

by James Carson

Street lighting might not seem an issue likely to hit the headlines, but it’s recently been sparking controversy in different parts of the country.

A growing number of councils are replacing ageing sodium street lamps with light emitting diode (LED) lights. The new lighting is expensive to install, but savings in energy costs and lower carbon emissions have convinced local authorities that the move to LED makes financial and environmental sense.

Earlier this year, Glasgow City Council became the first local authority in the UK to sign up for a loan for LED street lighting from the UK Green Investment Bank. The council estimates that the move to LED will cut the city’s street lighting costs by 65%. Continue reading