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Council To Spend Millions On Lightbulbs

Tuesday August 26 2014

BARNSLEY Council is about to spend more than £4 million to switch to energy efficient light bulbs.

A significant proportion of Barnsley's residential street lighting stock is due to be replaced, changing from energy inefficient fluorescent lanterns to energy efficient LED lanterns.

Around 20,000 street lights will be replaced, with the vast majority of lighting columns remaining where they are.

The work, which will begin next month, has been funded via £4,296,600 of borrowing and will be paid back through future savings on energy costs.

It is estimated that once complete the new energy efficient lanterns will save the council around £500,000 a year.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: "These new street lights will help maintain a safe environment by keeping lit those areas that are vulnerable to pedestrians.

"They will also help drive down the council's carbon footprint."

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Reply Posted by chickadee on Wednesday August 27 2014 at 10:24
This is a very negative headline for a positive move, almost like WAB are looking for controversy.
Like with all things (even in our own homes) we sometimes have to spend more initially to make a difference in the long run. LED lights last much longer than traditional lightbulbs too, when my work replaced lightbulbs with LED lamps we stopped having to change bulbs every 6 weeks!

Reply Posted by Steve on Wednesday August 27 2014 at 10:59
Good move by the council,used to have five 11 watt bulbs lite outside on a night and six 40 watt blubs in the hallway and then changed to 2 watt LED blubs gone from 295 watt to 22 watt ,they are just as bright and have lasted so far 4 years

Reply Posted by bananas on Wednesday August 27 2014 at 11:14
if it save 500 grand a year, its another good move. slap up meal is in order roy. just saying like.

Reply Posted by Lee on Wednesday August 27 2014 at 11:23
My only query is how much will the loan be costing?

And would it have been more cost effective to do a gradual change?

Reply Posted by Rog on Wednesday August 27 2014 at 20:49
Can anybody see Darton High School...lit up like Blackpool pleasure beach every night...

Reply Posted by Yes on Wednesday August 27 2014 at 22:46
Yes I can see darton high school from my house and it lit up every night what if they started to turn light off they be able to save more than 500,000 a year

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