Street lighting replacement programme

In 2012 Solihull Council undertook a review of its street lighting, which currently consumes a great deal of energy and contributes to high carbon emissions and light pollution.

The Street Lighting Strategy was developed to reduce the cost of the service, whilst continually seeking to improve energy efficiency and reduce the Council’s carbon footprint. This includes making judgements about when, where and how to provide new lighting.

As part of its Street Lighting Strategy, the Council are gradually replacing its stock with new LED lamps.

As well as providing a better quality of light, there are numerous advantages to switching to LED technology, including:

  • lower carbon emissions
  • increased savings
  • reduced maintenance costs

LEDs provide on average a 50-60% reduction in annual energy consumption when compared to traditional lighting and have an extended life of 20 years as opposed to the standard 3 to 6 years for a traditional lamp.

We have given full consideration to the impact of the replacement programme on the borough, including the positive impact it will have on road safety and crime reduction.

The lamps are lit according to current British standards, and are designed to spread light less intrusively than current models, with a greater concentration of light on the area beneath them and less upward light pollution.

As part of the first stage of its strategy, the Council have replaced around 6,000 mercury lamps with LEDs since 2014 across large parts of the residential road network and over 5,000 units on the main road network.

Attention has now turned to over 10,000 units that exist on other roads around the Borough, with replacement planned to take place between 2018 and 2024.

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