Plymouth is planning to replace the lamps in its 28,000 street lights with LEDs to save £1.5m a year in electricity bills. The £13 million scheme is set to be approved later this month, according to This is Plymouth.
Here in Suffolk street lights were turned off between midnight and 5.30 am last year (East Anglian Daily Times) saving the council £390,000 a year. Lights near crossing and other danger areas are left on and lights on high poles dimmed. The intelligent lighting system cost £2.5 million which suggest pay back in about seven years: less is energy prices continue to rise.
In Debenham, our village, there has been some opposition to the switch-off and the Parish Council asked the county council to leave the lights on until 1am. The county council declined.
The bungalow will be completely lit by LEDs. In our present house we never really converted to compact fluorescent lamps because the low voltage down-lighters were not compatible. And we did not like either the delay or the quality of the light.
About 18 months ago we replaced the down-lighters upstairs with LEDs and were immediately converted. The light quality is good and not one has had to be replaced.
The initial cost is high but the electricity savings are very good and replacement costs largely eliminated.