LED street lights to be rolled out across Bath
There will be a roll out of new, low energy street lights across Bath.
More than 8,500 sodium lights will be replaced with LED bulbs in a bid to reduce the city’s carbon footprint from next month.
Bath and North East Somerset Council will be rolling out the energy efficient technology, which is already used on main traffic routes into Bath, in residential areas around the city under a six month rolling programme starting in mid-June.
The lights will be installed in the following wards in the following order: Bathwick, Combe Down, Lyncombe, Odd Down, Southdown, Twerton, Westmoreland, Oldfield, Widcombe, Lambridge, Walcot, Lansdown, Weston, Newbridge and Kingsmead.
The LED lights will reduce energy consumption of streetlights in the area by up to 60 per cent compared to the existing sodium lights. Current estimates show this will result in a 35 per cent reduction in the council’s carbon footprint.
This will be aided by the introduction of variable dimming technology, which involves reducing light levels throughout the night when the roads are less busy. This will also improve views of the night sky with light pollution reduced.
Councillor Anthony Clarke (Cons, Lansdown), cabinet member for transport, said: “The introduction of LED streetlights in residential areas will be a major step in making Bath and North East Somerset more sustainable and will significantly reduce our carbon emissions by slashing the amount of power needed to light our streets. This upgrade will also reduce light pollution in a way that ensures we keep streetlights switched on for our residents.”
The new LED lights also require less maintenance and last “significantly” longer – one LED lantern having the life span of eight conventional sodium lights.