Bolton's shining brighter 

29/07/15
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New low energy lights: principal lighting design engineer Paul Worthington with Cllr Nick Peel (photo courtesy of The Bolton News)

More than 2,600 Bolton streetlights have been switched over to new low energy LED lighting.

Around 500 streets in Bolton now have the new lights. Work started in April and lighting is currently being replaced in the town centre, Westhoughton, Tonge and Heaton. Rollout will continue around the borough once these areas are complete.

Approximately 26,000 street lamps on residential streets and main roads are being replaced with lower carbon LED lanterns over the next three years. Work is on target to finish in 2018.

The street lighting programme, which is costing £10m, should save the council £14m over 20 years, and reduce energy use by around 50 per cent.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, is also a local councillor in Tonge. He said: “The new LED lighting looks great and I am pleased at how well the rollout has gone so far.

“I’ve spoken to quite a few residents in Tonge who have said that they prefer the LED lighting and how it looks cleaner.

“We’ve only had a handful of calls to date which our team have been able to resolve quickly.”

The lights use less energy and last for longer. An LED lighting unit can last for up to 100,000 hours compared to a standard street light which lasts for around 15,000 hours.

The council spends £2.1m on energy bills every year, and carbon dioxide emissions cost the council £100k annually.

Cllr Peel added: ““This is an invest to save programme which will save our taxpayers’ money by reducing energy bills, maintenance costs and carbon taxes.

“The new lighting will save the council a significant amount on its annual £2.1m energy costs.

“The new LEDs are also brighter and keep the streets well lit and safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, reducing the chance of accidents and crime. The new LEDs also improve the quality of images captured at night on CCTV.”

The new lighting is controlled by a wireless Central Management System allowing the lights to be monitored from a central point, which reduces inspection costs and make it easier to repair faults. This system also enables lighting levels to be varied accordingly.

Residents can get more information here www.bolton.gov.uk/LEDlighting or by calling 01204 336600.

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