Edinburgh Council set to save £77m through LED street lights

Edinburgh Council expects to save approximately £77 million over the next 20 years through upgrading its street lights to LEDs.

The move follows testing of 7,000 LED lights last year, and will see 54,000 street lights converted to energy efficient LEDs.

The 2014 trial run, named ‘The White Light Project’, enabled the council to formulate the business case for a city wide roll out of LED lights.

Some residents voiced concerns over the new lights being too dim, which has led to the new proposals featuring brighter LEDs, with the facility to remotely adjust lighting levels where necessary.

Lesley Hinds, the transport and environment convener at the Council, said: “The city-wide roll-out of LED lights is a huge step towards an efficient, sustainable future for Edinburgh. Not only will it reduce carbon emissions but will have a real impact on energy costs in the long term.

“Our aim is to draw on experience gained from the first phase of white lights which has allowed us to gauge demands on lamp brightness and control for residents and traffic.”

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