New Swansea street lights will save £400k every year
Major routes through Swansea have had their street lights replaced as part of an ongoing £6 million scheme.
It is hoped the replacement lamps will both save Swansea Council hundreds of thousands of pounds through being more energy-efficient than the current lights.
The authority is now 80 per cent of the way through its plan to replace 27,000 street lights in the city — this includes the installation of energy-saving LED lamps in residential areas.
The latest round of upgrading work has included replacing lamps along Carmarthen Road, Walters Road and Dyfatty Street
It is hoped the greener LED lights will save the council around £400,000 a year in energy costs.
More than £6 million of Welsh Government funding has been used to complete the programme over a three-year period, and the work is expected to be finished by March 2016.
David Hopkins, cabinet member for environment and transportation, said many areas of Swansea were in need of replacement lights.
“Street lighting is vital to illuminate communities during the dark nights and help the public feel safer during the night time,” he said.
“A lot of our street lights have been in place for a many years and are in need of replacement.
“Using energy efficient equipment should also give us the opportunity to save around £400,000 in electricity costs and ensure that we reduce our carbon footprint.”