Hertfordshire lights the way with full LED switchover

Published: 20 Mar 2017

Hertfordshire’s streetlights will be changed to LEDs over the next three years in a move to reduce the county’s carbon footprint and energy costs.

LEDs – or Light Emitting Diodes – are cheaper to run and more reliable than conventional sodium lamps and they offer improved visibility and reduce light pollution too.

Hertfordshire County Council has already converted more than 40,000 streetlights to LEDs and over the next three years the remaining 70,000 of the county’s streetlights which operate for part of the night only will be switched. Almost 13,000 of the new energy-efficient lights are along A-roads and the remainder on B, C and unclassified roads and footpaths that are switched on all night and in outlying settlements and on remote footways which operate for part of the night only.

Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Upgrading our existing lights to this modern technology forms part of Hertfordshire County Council's ongoing commitment to maintain and improve roads for the benefit of all Hertfordshire residents. The new LEDs use much less energy than conventional streetlights, improve visibility for road users and can be controlled and monitored centrally, which in turn reduces costs.”

Hertfordshire’s network of LED lights is connected to a Central Management System, which detects faulty lights and cuts inspection costs. The brightness of the lights can also be controlled, so changes to light levels can be made with the flick of a switch from a central point. This means we can vary light levels on roads during the night without switching streetlights off, for example if more light is needed in the event of an accident.

For more information, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/streetlights