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.

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Recent comments

I hope that these lamps will be recycled in some way, and not sent to landfill. I am sure some imaginative designer could make something useful out of them.
David Baxter

14 December 2017

"They are set to the same brightness level as the old ones..." – Very carefully chosen words, since the cheaper LED replacements simply do not emit the same amount of light as the highly effective sodium lamps that LBW is now dumping so smugly. It seems our streets are destined to be dim and dangerous, which at least reflects this LBW policy. Let’s see how the stats for muggings and assaults react to the introduction of LED streetlamps. What price your cost savings then?
Robert Bidwell

14 December 2017

Rather than recycling, why not raise even more money by selling off the old light units? (for those hipsters who may like the look for their industrial-converted-warehouse)
Tim

13 December 2017

LAWRENCE please show me where i singled myself out for special treatment? is it the part where i say "all estates" or "all blocks" so you dont think its a good idea to replace lighting on all council estates? they run far far more lights than the roads do. every stairwell every floor plant rooms communal areas etc, 1000s of lights, its simply because the council collects the electricity bill from tenants directly in service charges, so they can lump it, wherby the street lamps are the councils bill, yes i know its ta payer money but the reality is they got the priority all wrong,, as normal and expected. so again at which point did i mention "something that would only benefit me"?
MIKE

13 December 2017

This is an excellent initiative and the cost savings are impressive.
Craig

9 December 2017

This is an excellent initiative and the cost savings are impressive.
Craig

9 December 2017

Although this is a great move towards greater efficiency, cost savings, etc; and is inevitable. Spare a thought for those of us who are astrophotographers. It was possible to filter out the light pollution from the old sodium lamps - not so, I believe, for these new LED lamps. End of a hobby in town - I'll have to seek out those dark sky sites.
S Walker

8 December 2017

Great initiative. Just a question for Mike (1st comment): Why should the council prioritize spending money coming from tight budgets on individuals, when they spend it on projects where the whole borough benefits? Or reformulating the question: why do you expect me, a taxpayer, to pay for something that would only benefit you?
Lawrence

8 December 2017

thats great! i notice that you have not replaced any of the lamps in the blocks you own or estates you control, oh wait thats because tenants and leaseholders pay those electric bills, typical council, not looking to save the tenants money, but this will save the council money. meanwhile half the blocks on my estate roehampton have the old florescent and incandescent lighting burning 24hrs a day, because none of the staff know how to set the time clocks! years ago i suggested they fit optical sensors on all blocks to make the lights automatically come on and go off when the daylight fades, i also suggested they fit LED lighting to all blocks and communal lighting to save us electric costs.. as per we get IGNORED.
mike

8 December 2017