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Birmingham to get low carbon LED street lights

A groundbreaking programme to replace more than 95,000 street lights in Birmingham with state-of-the-art Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology which will cutcarbon emissions and improve safety is to be launched this week.

The cutting edge lights will not only reduce carbon emissions by up to 50% and be brighter than traditional lights, but they will also enable operators to control and adjust their levels remotely according to what is happening in the surrounding area.

The replacement work is being carried out by Birmingham City Council and Amey as part of its £2.7bn Highways maintenance PFI.

Birmingham currently has more than 95,000 street lights, of which 41,000 will be replaced over the next five years alone.

Amey project director Mike Notman said the energy savings, carbon reduction and virtual elimination of light pollution are “unprecedented”.

Lighting levels on traffic routes will be determined by traffic flow. Traditionally the road has to be lit to the required standards at peak times and throughout the night. The new technology will allow the varying of light remotely to match traffic conditions

The new street lights have a number of advantages over the current street lights that are in place. Residents will feel safer as the LED lights are brighter and allow a wider spectrum of colours to be seen and as well as facial features to be distinguished. The new LED lights also direct light downwards reducing light pollution and the orange glow which appears above the city.

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