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10,000 LED streetlights now lighting key routes in Essex

13 April 2017



10,000 energy-saving LED streetlights have now been installed across the county.
These are the first phase of a £9.2 million programme to replace 19,000 conventional lights with LEDs on main roads and junctions in Essex.
Converting these all-night streetlights to LEDs will save Essex taxpayers an estimated £600,000 each year as LEDs use less electricity and last longer.
Andrew Cook, Director for Highways and Transportation at Essex County Council, said: “The plan to replace our streetlights on the busiest roads with LEDs is now past the halfway point. We have targeted streetlights that remain on throughout the night to ensure we can deliver the biggest energy saving to the taxpayer.
“As we install more LED lamps, these streetlights will last longer with fewer failures.
“Our crews are set to visit Braintree, Colchester and Tendring next as part of the programme.”
The number of streetlights across Essex not working on 31 March 2017 was 3,726 or 2.93 percent of over 127,000 streetlights – a 15 percent reduction since January.
A number of these broken streetlights are waiting to be replaced with LED lights as the programme rolls out across the county.