Expert Electrical encourages British councils to switch to LED street lights for energy conservation

July 21, 2014
A leading electrical company in England has responded positively to steps taken by a local council to reduce energy consumption.

Although the UK is trying to meet its energy targets with the implementation of large-scale green energy infrastructure projects such as the London Array -- the world's largest off-shore wind farm -- more needs to be done to reduce power usage across local areas. A good example of this is Warrington Borough Council in England, which is aiming to reduce light pollution, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by replacing 27,000 of the borough's street lights.

Warrington's current street lighting system is extremely inefficient. The street lights run off SOX lamps, and it is estimated that around 60% of the lights on the streets have been in use for at least 25 years. At the current time, lighting accounts for 17% of the authority's total carbon dioxide emissions figures, and costs roughly GBP1.4 million a year. Clearly something needed to be done, and following some careful and strategic planning, Warrington Borough Council has decided to replace 18,000 street lights from the old stock with LEDs. The project will take place over three years and will cost roughly GBP25 million. Although this sounds like it might be an extremely costly project, the long-term financial savings are likely to be significant. Those with professional experience and expert knowledge in the realm of lighting have praised the steps taken by Warrington Borough Council. Chris Horridge, director of Lancashire-based electrical company Expert Electrical, said: "This is a classic example of how; with a prudent initial investment into LED lighting technology larger, long term financial and environmental savings can be achieved. Consumers and councillors across the UK are now realising that fitting the cheapest light source is not always the best option. Using old fashioned technology such as sodium (SOX) may cost less per lamp but consumes around 80% more energy and lasts only half as long." What this means is that local councils could be saving significantly on their outgoings in the long run, by not having to use old inefficient bulb. Ultimately if local councils have the resources at their disposal, there’s an extremely strong financial and ecological case for switching to LED lights.


Chris Horridge - Expert Electrical Supplies

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