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20,000 new energy-saving streetlights to be installed in towns

By Laura Abernethy

Published 25/08/2015

The new lights use around half as much electricity as a conventional streetlight and last almost three times longer. Pictured is an old style of lightbulb
The new lights use around half as much electricity as a conventional streetlight and last almost three times longer. Pictured is an old style of lightbulb

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."

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