THE FIRST of 56,000 new LED street lights have been installed in Manchester.
Contractor Amey has begun replacing sodium luminaires across the metropolitan area in a three-year contract for Manchester City Council which is estimated to cost the authority around £32 million. The LED lamps are 60 per cent more energy-efficient and will save over £2million a year.
Under the terms of the council’s initial Private Finance Initiative contract with Amey, 70 per cent of the city’s lights were replaced between 2004 and 2009. But this is the first LED major roll-out.
The LED lighting will be complimented by a dynamic remote monitoring and control system with the ability for the city to better manage and control its infrastructure, allowing the council to take up smart city opportunities in the future.
The lighting levels can be controlled in real time to optimise energy usage and to respond to emergencies, traffic flow and large crowds, such as football matches. The addition of sensors on lampposts can be used to monitor air quality and traffic flow.
Amey’s business director Barry Hale told Lux: ‘We’re excited to be installing these LED lights across the City of Manchester. We’ve already installed over 200,000 LED lights across the UK and the first company to install them in Birmingham and Sheffield’.
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