More than 16,000 light bulbs in street lamps across Wandsworth will be replaced by energy efficient LEDs. While it costs £4.3 million, it is expected to save the council £400,000 a year on its electricity bills, not to mention the savings in bulb replacement cost. Over 25 years, the borough is expecting to save £11 million. LEDs use 50 percent less energy, have lower running costs, and can last an average of 25 years, compared with just six years for regular light bulbs. They can also be dimmed on some residential roads while remaining bright enough to keep the area safe.
“This project will deliver savings for our council tax payers, reduce our carbon footprint and deliver better lighting, so it’s win-win,” the council’s community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said. “We feel the time is right for this project because LED technology has come on in leaps and bounds recently. We’re confident our new street lights will be cost-effective while keeping our roads safe and well-lit.”