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89,000 street lights to be converted to LEDs

Published: 27 October 2020

Street lights lit up at night in a high street

You'll get a warm glow from the environmentally friendly changes

All 89,000 street lights in Surrey are to be converted to energy-efficient LEDs over the next three years.

The £20 million programme demonstrates Surrey County Council's commitment to reducing energy consumption, supports the aim of being net carbon zero by 2050, and saves money.

The LEDs use around 65 per cent less energy, which will save £2 million a year (based on February 2020 prices). If energy prices continue to rise, the saving will be even greater. The benefits are long term as the new LED street lights will last for 20 years – six times longer than traditional bulbs.

The three-year programme has already started in Guildford borough, with lights in Surrey Heath and Waverley due to be converted in the coming months.

The lights will be a warm white colour, so residents shouldn't notice a difference with the old bulbs, and are designed to direct the light more onto the highway so will be less intrusive into homes and gardens.

The council's streetlight contractor Skanska is managing the conversion to LEDs. The light changes will be combined with other maintenance (such as electrical tests) to save time and money.

Visit our streetlight conversion page to find out more.

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