‘I know some councils are switching lights off to save money but I don’t think that’s something people would want in Wigan Borough,’ Wigan Council Leader Lord Peter Smith said in a press release. ‘We’ve instead come up with a new scheme to replace our existing lights with LEDs which will still offer the same service the public expects but will be considerably cheaper.’
Wigan is counting on the Philips-supplied LEDs and control system to cut its electricity bill by 60 percent compared to existing sodium lamps, and to last for 20-plus years, much longer than the sodium gear. Part of the benefit comes from the centralised control, the release suggested.
Once Wigan installs all the lights it anticipates saving £1 million a year. It says it has 5,500 units in place already.
Wigan Borough is comprised of its namesake town, Wigan, and several other towns and villages. It has a population of around 318,000 (irrelevant factoid of the day: roughly the same as Iceland, which by area is about 550 times as large).
For those interested in the effects of lighting on human behaviour patterns: It remains to be seen whether the LEDs will alter the appetites of the pie eaters, expected to next descend on Wigan late this year.
Story updated 15 Aug, 14:15 BST to identify Philips as the LED and control system supplier.
Photo: The road to Wigan Pier will have LEDs. Yes, that’s Wigin Pier above. Those are not LED street lights. Image is from geograph.co.uk via Wikimedia.