LED street lighting

1. Overview

Over the next three years, we’re investing in improved street lighting across Stockport by upgrading street lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) units.

A small number of LEDs are currently used but we’ll be upgrading over 33,000 street lights to provide brighter, more targeted lighting to roads and pavements across the borough.

The new street lights will improve the quality of lighting provided for residents and businesses.

LED-Streetlight

Some of the benefits of LED street lighting include:

  • a significant cut in energy cost and carbon emissions each year, reducing our carbon footprint
  • a more controllable light source that concentrates light on where it’s needed with less light pollution
  • a reduction in ‘sky glow’, glare and light intrusion into homes and gardens
  • a ‘white’ light which improves visibility for road users, compared to traditional ‘orange’ street lights
  • instant light with no warm- up time
  • a longer lifetime than traditional street lights, reducing maintenance costs

As well as benefitting residents and businesses the investment will help the council continue to deliver vital services.

At the moment, 54% of the Council’s electricity costs (excluding schools) relate to energy use on street lights. Once our investments into LED lighting have been made these costs will be reduced by around 40% a year whilst also meaning maintenance costs will be reduced. Savings that are vital for the Council.

In some cases, we may need to adjust the position of an existing street light or install additional lights to achieve the required lighting levels for the road. If this is the case we will write to you before we start work.

Our frequently asked questions leaflet (PDF 642Kb) provides more information about our LED improvements including details about what to expect before, during and after works take place.

The LED improvement work is part-financed by a government funded interest-free loan from Salix Finance.