A replacement programme that will see 31,000 LED street lights fitted across Wigan is costing the council £11 million.
The new street lighting could save Wigan Council up to £1m a year as energy costs will be cut by up to 60% and maintenance bills will also be reduced.
According to the council, the LED lights have a number of big benefits in comparison with traditional sodium bulbs. They have a longer lifespan, require less maintenance and use nearly 60% less energy. The lights give off virtually no heat and contain no hazardous substances, do not need replacement bulbs and can be controlled by a central computer system.
Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “I know some councils are switching lights off to save money but I don’t think that’s something people would want in Wigan Borough.
“We’ve instead come up with a new scheme to replace our existing lights with LEDs which will still offer the same service the public expects but will be considerably cheaper.
“This is an investment to save us money in the long-term. Our electricity bill has increased dramatically recently because of rising energy prices and all the indications are cost will continue to increase. It makes sense for us to look for a solution. These lights are highly efficient and environmentally-friendly. LED lights last for an amazing amount of time, use less energy and need much less maintenance.
“The lights are all in keeping with British standards and offer excellent levels of lighting for the public. This LED scheme is a win all around and I’m pleased to see our plans progressing.”
More than 5,500 LED lights have been installed in Wigan Borough already. The LED lights are expected to last more than 20 years.