Substantial reduction in community energy bill achieved through switching to LED street lighting
25th February , 2011

Substantial reduction in community energy bill achieved through switching to LED street lighting

A village in England (Ruthland) recently replaced its sodium street lights with LED (light-emitting diode) street lighting to reduce its electricity consumption costs.

According to Andrew Stewart, Deputy Chairman of the local parish council, the result is a substantial reduction in energy consumption with the average monthly energy bill going down from about £80 to about £15 since the installation of the new LED steet lights. It is expected that maintenance costs will be be reduced by 90% over previous years thanks to the reliability and long life-span of current LED lamp / SSL (solid state lighting) technology.

Eighty percent of the village’s LED street lamps were also fitted with time switches, which turn the lights off between the hours of midnight and 0530 GMT.

The new LED street lighting system is now attracting much interest from neighbouring villages with a view to benefiting from this technology. Although LED lighting is expensive to install, the long-term financial savings are very encouraging.

Mr Stewart said the benefits were not only financial; villagers had also seen an improvement in light quality. He also noted that LED lamps provide a very good quality of light without an awful lot of aura of light going up into the sky –  “so if you want to be looking at the stars while you’re in Market Overton, Ruthland, you stand a much better chance now.”

About 25% of the £20,000 installation fee came from a Climate Friendly Community Grant, in support of the village aiming to reduce its carbon footprint.

 

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  2. Liz Harte says:

    Wow!By switching to LED Lighting, one of the Village in Ireland, it looks more attractive for it enhance the beauty of the environment, and has a reduced electric cost. Great one.