New lamps for old
Published: Thursday 7th December 17
This pile of old street lamps in a council depot are awaiting recycling, as the programme to replace them with energy-efficient LED lights continues.
So far around a quarter of the lights have been replaced, with the programme expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The borough has been divided into 56 separate areas, and the aim is to complete one area a week.
In all almost 16,000 lightbulbs will be replaced. It will cost £4.3m but is expected cut £400,000 a year off the council’s electricity bill, plus savings in bulb replacement costs. Over 25 years, Wandsworth is expected to save £11m.
The lights use around 50 per cent less energy, have lower running costs and last around 25 years, compared to around six years for traditional bulbs. They are set to the same brightness level as the old ones, and emit a neutral white light.
The light element of the old street lamps – the ‘luminaire’ – cannot be recycled as it is made of hazardous material, but the metal parts are all being sent off for recycling.
The council’s community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This graveyard of old lamps is a sign that we are well on the way to delivering cost-effective, energy-efficient lighting that will help keep our roads safe.”
If you spot a broken street light, you can report it online.