20,000 new energy-saving streetlights to be installed in towns
The future is bright in Banbridge and Craigavon.
More than 20,000 new LED streetlights are due to be installed in a bid to reduce maintenance and energy costs. The new lights use around half as much electricity as a conventional streetlight and last almost three times longer.
Existing lanterns will be replaced causing limited disruption to the current lighting. Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy said: "It is important that every effort is made to make savings and reduce costs. Street lighting energy and maintenance costs are significant, costing in excess of £13m every year. Over the last number of years, small pockets of LED street lighting have been introduced."
The £6m scheme is a pilot that may be rolled out across Northern Ireland in the future. He said: "While relatively large sums of investment are required initially, immediate returns on running costs are achieved with a payback on the investment expected after eight years."