London goes LED in biggest ever streetlight upgrade

More than 35,000 London streetlights are to go LED in a massive ‘invest to save’ project, Transport for London announced today.

TfL is to spend £10.9 million installing a central management system and upgrading 35,000 lights to LED by 2016, with a view to saving £1.85 million a year in energy costs.

Further upgrades will be made over the next ten years, with most of London’s streetlights to be LED by 2023, as part of a £4 billion investment in the capital’s roads.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the project would bring lighting on London’s roads ‘up to 21st century standards’.

Harvard Engineering and CU Phosco – both winners at this year’s Lux Awards – will benefit from the work, with Harvard winning a multimillion pound contract for the control system and CU Phosco being picked as a preferred supplier for post-top luminaires.

The controls system will be aligned with traffic flow and road usage, and will reduce maintenance costs by keeping track of light failures.

The programme aims to reduce carbon emissions by around 9,700 tonnes a year, delivering annual savings estimated at £1.85 million.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘With tens of thousands of lights marking the way on our road network it makes complete sense to focus energy and resources on bringing them up to 21st century standards.’

‘This is the largest investment to modernise streetlighting on major roads in our capital’s history and will not only cut carbon emissions and save money but it will also lead to even better and safer roads for Londoners,’ Johnson said.

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