LED lights are no longer a household item. Companies and businesses are also using them to capitalise on their benefits. Even local and city governments have joined the club, the last one being Cumbria in the UK. The region is planning to install over 12,000 energy-efficient road lights that will net £430,000 savings every year.
LED Lights are known for their aesthetically pleasant effects but their benefits are two fold as they also consume significantly less energy and thus require less electricity to run. This in turn translates to lower utility bills. Replacing one traditional light bulbs with LED lights won't have much of an impact however replacing thousands of them will.
The county council plan to invest £7.6m over three years replacing high wattage street lights with more efficient and effective LED systems. Once installed in the summer, they will offer flexible levels of lighting. LED lights shine brighter than regular street lights making them a must have for today's transportation needs. At a glance, it seems too good to be true. Low energy consumption yet brighter light than street lamps. How is it possible? The fact is that LED technology truly is an innovation that is changing cities and entire countries around the world. With such a high demand for energy today, everyone is looking for ways to conserve less without sacrificing on daily needs. Cabinet member for Highways, Keith Little explains.
"We want to cut our energy bills and there are ways to using modern technology to do that."
That technology is LED, which is short for Light Emitting Diode. These bulbs produce more light for the amount of energy used than traditional incandescent bulbs. They also do so at the loss of less heat making them all that much viable and desirable both for residential use as well as commercial. It is all relative to size and the number of bulbs replaced. The more bulbs replaced with LED lights, the better results as far as energy consumption and lighting goes.
These 12,000 light bulbs are merely a start for Cumbria. There are still over 33,000 street lights still under consideration. Different alternatives are being pondered for these lights. The review committee will explore the potential for dimming them, or reducing the hours they are switched on. Reportedly, not all street lights will be modified however there is a consensus to drastically reduce their numbers.
"There is a scope to significantly reduce lighting levels while still maintaining safety." Little added.
Cumbria spends £3.7 on street lightings every year. Of that amount £2 million is spent on energy. The replacement of these 12,000 new lights are expected to reduce energy bills by £140,000 for the fiscal year 2014-2015; £290,000 the following year; and £430,000 the year after. These are substantial numbers and if the results come out to the public's liking, it won't be long when more counties follow suit and replace their existing light infrastructure with LED lights.