Energy efficient street lighting to be installed in £1m project

Aged lampposts in Edinburgh will be replaced with more energy efficient equipment after an additional £1 million was sourced this year.

The extra funding will be used to replace up to 760 old concrete and steel lampposts which failed an independent risk-based structural test.

The new aluminium columns are the first choice in street lighting designs as they do not need on-going maintenance and have a design life of more than 50 years, which is almost double the design life of the old concrete and steel columns. They are also built using recycled material and can be recycled again at the end of their life.

Street lighting electricity costs are predicted to double by 2020 and the new posts will be fitted with energy efficient white light lanterns, which will support the drive to reduce electricity costs whilst helping the Council to meet environmental targets. 

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Environment Convener, said: "Replacing old lampposts with modern aluminium columns makes both environmental and financial sense. They last up to twice as long as the traditional designs, and can even be recycled once finished with.

This would be an ideal opportunity to save energy and our carbon footprint, as well as to reduce the amount paid to light the city. It would also help to improve safety of residents and visitors."

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