Switching street lights to LED bulbs has saved over £1m over 10 years in Ceredigion. In 2017/18, 985 tons of carbon was saved from entering the atmosphere when compared to 2007/08 street light emissions.
Ceredigion County Council has signed a pledge to change street lights to LED bulbs by 2022. The Council has made the pledge to the charity, 10:10 Climate Action. Every street light will be changed to LED bulbs, except for a few heritage street lamps.
The council's champion for sustainability, Councillor Alun Williams said, "Ceredigion has already made considerable carbon and cost savings by converting our streetlights to LED. The current two-year programme of further conversions is scheduled to result in energy savings of 68% since 2007/08 as well as reduce faults and save on maintenance costs. The Council will continue to prioritise carbon management measures to reduce our effect on the changing climate and save council resources.”
Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said, “Ceredigion council deserve nothing but praise for taking the pledge to lighten up their streets with LEDs. In these tough financial times, the money saved will make a real difference to people in the area. And the carbon cutting potential of LEDs makes this move a no brainer.”
LED bulbs have shown energy savings of up to 50%-70% compared to conventional bulbs. LED bulbs can last for over 20 years, whereas conventional bulbs only last for 4-6 years.
Changing street lights to using LED bulbs helps the Council reach its corporate priority of promoting environmental resilience.