Work is currently underway to convert 12,981 of Lambeth’s street lighting stock from SON-T (sodium) bulbs to LED bulbs.
LED lights are much more energy efficient than the traditional sodium bulbs. As a result of reduced energy use, Lambeth will have reduced CO2 emissions. It will also mean savings in energy costs for the borough. By installing LED lights, Lambeth will help to deliver upon its commitment to be a more sustainable borough.
LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable. Because of their long life, they can significantly reduce bulb disposal costs compared to conventional street lights.
Lambeth have been using LED lanterns in a number street lighting projects over the last year. Binfield Road, outside Stockwell underground station is an example of the street lighting in Lambeth.
The work should take around 18 months to complete. The lamp posts will not be changed – just the unit headsets – and it will be done on a street-by-street basis. A letter will be sent to residents 10 days before work commences giving details of the work to be carried out.
Beyond the CO2 reductions, the white lighting from LED’s provide a more natural light than the existing street lighting that has a yellow glow. This may improve the perception of safety and road safety.
You can learn more about the project at lambeth.gov.uk/ledstreetlight