Sefton to save £1.8m per year with LED lighting

Upgrade of 26,000 public lights will save 7,161,500 kWh in energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs by some 45%. 

In partnership with Signify, Sefton Council in the Liverpool City Region is replacing its ageing stock of lights over the next two years with Philips LumiStreet gen2 LED lamps that use up to 70% less energy than conventional high-energy discharge lighting currently installed. They also require far less maintenance.

New LED streetlighting in Sefton, photo courtesy of Sefton Council

New LED streetlighting in Sefton, photo courtesy of Sefton Council

These Philips lamps were chosen after lighting contractor Jones Lighting worked with Sefton Council to trial lighting from different manufacturers, comparing relative quality and efficiency. 

LED lighting can be more accurately focused on roads and pathways, minimising intrusion into homes, gardens and the natural environment.  The neutral white light was selected to maintain a pleasant night-time atmosphere while maintaining visibility. The LED lights also offer improved colour rendering, useful in CCTV recognition, with benefits for security and community well-being.  

Upgrade work will be completed over the next two years. The upgrade is expected to pay for itself in full within eight years through the savings made in energy costs, based on average and estimated prices from 2021 to 2025.  

In fact, data from Signify suggests that if the rest of the UK and Ireland followed Sefton’s example and upgraded all conventional road and streetlights to LED, annual savings could be made of 603,000 tonnes of carbon and £520m in energy costs. 

Mark Bond, Senior Street Lighting Engineer at Sefton Council, says: ‘After an extensive test of the market in which we reviewed the lanterns performance and costs followed on site trails, we determined that Signify would be our preferred manufacturer for the LED conversion scheme. Signify’s lanterns provided us with excellent output in terms of lighting performance and energy efficiency. After working with their logistics team, we’ve been very pleased with delivery timescales and overall performance.’ 

Dave Jones, Managing Director of Jones Lighting, adds: ‘The streets are now lit better than before to ensure citizens can feel more confident and secure during the evenings or nights. A great win for the citizens and the borough.’ 

Dervan Alleyne, Director of Public Lighting and Sports Lighting at Signify UK&I, says: ‘Addressing climate change is the most urgent issue of our age. The lighting upgrade reinforces how lighting can contribute to the council’s agenda and the environment. We are proud to support Sefton Council in its journey to net zero and at the same time, create an improved experience for local people and visitors.’

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