A major roll-out of LED street lighting in Bolton is scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 7.
The environmentally friendly, energy efficient lights should save the council up to £0.7m a year, £14m over 20 years, and reduce energy use by around 50 per cent.
Work will first start in Bolton town centre and Westhoughton to upgrade the lights to the new technology.
Teams will also move into Tonge and Heaton in May, followed by Smithills (in October) and Blackrod (in November). Roll-out will then continue around the borough once these areas are complete.
Removing the existing older, orange lanterns and replacing them with new LED lights will vary for each location depending on the number of lights and size of the area.
Approximately 26,000 street lamps on residential streets and main roads in Bolton will be replaced with new, lower carbon LED bulbs over the next three years.
The scheme, which is costing £10m, will see energy costs and maintenance bills reduced once work gets underway.
The council spends £2.1m on energy bills every year, and carbon dioxide emissions cost the council £100k annually.
The new lighting will also be controlled by a wireless Central Management System allowing the lights to be monitored from a central point.
This will reduce inspection costs and make it easier to spot and repair any faults. This system will also enable lighting levels to be varied.
The new LEDs will also help with crime prevention as they improve the quality of images captured at night on CCTV.
Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Cllr David Chadwick, said: “This is a big investment which will save us money by reducing energy bills, maintenance costs and carbon taxes.
“The lights use less energy and last for longer. An LED light can last for up to 100,000 hours compared to a standard street light which lasts for around 15,000 hours.
“Switching to LED streetlights will improve visibility on our residential roads. They’re brighter and will keep the streets well lit and safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, reducing the chance of accidents and crime.
“We’re expecting the upgrade to deliver savings of around £14 million over 20 years. It’s a great example of an investment we’re making to save money in the long term.”
For more information, visit http://www.bolton.gov.uk/LEDlighting