Cheshire West and Chester council is upgrading over 24,000 street lights to LED (light-emitting diode) at a cost of £5m but aiming to save on energy and replacement costs.
The council said that it will change street lighting in residential areas across the borough from sodium lamps to more energy efficient LED lights by September 2018.
It is estimated that the programme to replace 24,000 lights will cost around £5.1m. The council has around 50,000 street lights in total.
Cabinet member for environment Cllr Karen Shore said: ‘The key objective of our LED replacement programme is to reduce carbon emissions and make savings on energy consumption costs. It is hoped the new LED lights will achieve savings of around 40% on our energy consumption.
‘Also most current lamps in the borough have a guaranteed life of three years. The LED technology we are using has manufacturers’ warranties for 12 years, and could last as long as 20 years.’
The upgrade schedule is based on the age of the current lamps, which are usually replaced on a cyclical programme every three years.