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.

Since 2014, over 18,000 of 29,000 street lights, illuminated bollards and illuminated signs have been fitted with LEDs as part of our replacement programme. This equates to approximately 62% of the inventory, against a national average of 40%. As a result, energy consumption has reduced from 12,246,157 kWh in 2014/15 to 8,109,158 kWh in 2018/19, a decrease of 33%, and which has helped to offset annual increases in energy costs.

We have been busy working during 2019/20 to meet our aim of upgrading every street light in the Borough to LED by early April. If you live on a street where we haven’t been yet then look out for the lighting improvement very soon.

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