Plymouth to save £1 million a year in switch to LED

Plymouth City Council is to upgrade its streetlighting across the city in a move that will see 29,000 luminaires replaced with LED technology. The initiative is expected to save the council £1 million per year in running costs.

The project, which began in September last year, will see all of Plymouth’s streetlighting replaced with LED technology over a period of 18 months.  It is expected that the new LED lighting scheme will lead to a reduction in Plymouth’s annual energy consumption from around 17GWh to 5GWh. The move will bring about a saving of more than £1 million a year.

Paul German, lighting engineer at Amey and Plymouth City Council’s lighting designer for the project, has simplified and standardised the scheme, which has ensured that the programme has run smoothly and put the Council significantly ahead of schedule in terms of immediate savings.

Luminaires will be supplied by Urbis Schréder. The product mix includes Ampera Midis for main distribution roads; Ampera Minis for residential roads; Albany lanterns for the town centre; Hestia lanterns for the seafront; Abbeys for park lighting and Pilzeos for pedestrian walkways in the town centre.

Urbis Schréder has worked closely with Plymouth City Council to ensure that the project has met certain key objectives, including futureproofing against energy price rises; significantly reducing CO2 emissions and maintenance costs and implementing a lighting scheme with aesthetic daytime appeal.