In a major milestone, the Leeds City Council officially wrapped up its ambitious LED lighting scheme last week, culminating in the installation of the final light at Edith Sykes Drive in east Leeds.

Commencing in December 2018, the comprehensive project aimed at enhancing energy efficiency in street lighting across the city has seen the successful conversion of over 89,000 streetlights to state-of-the-art LED lamps. Partnering with Enerveo, a subcontractor to Tay Valley Lighting, the council executed the initiative with the goal of reducing energy consumption and associated costs.

Projections indicate that the completion of the LED Lighting Scheme will result in significant annual savings of £3.4 million in electricity costs, based on current energy prices. Furthermore, the transition to LED lighting is anticipated to slash street lighting energy consumption by approximately 62%, translating into a remarkable 7,050 tonnes of carbon savings. These savings have already commenced with the ongoing lamp replacements.

The new LED lanterns not only contribute to increased durability but also boast enhanced recyclability, thereby fostering efficiency and reducing emissions from maintenance visits. A public consultation held from November 2017 to January 2018 revealed overwhelming support for the upgrade, with more than 80% of respondents endorsing the initiative.

Councillor Helen Hayden, Executive Member for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, attended the installation of the final LED light on Edith Sykes Drive in east Leeds this week, marking the conclusion of the project. Councillor Hayden said; “The completion of the LED Lighting Scheme represents a significant milestone in our efforts to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability in Leeds. This investment will deliver immediate cost savings and lay the groundwork for future advancements in smart technology”

Tom Cunningham, Tay Valley Lighting (Leeds) Director, said; “We have been delighted to support Leeds City Council’s investment in the LED lantern works, the investment has provided many benefits, local employment opportunities during the period, reducing energy consumption and maintenance activities resulting in significant cost savings to Leeds City Council and carbon reduction impact from the project”.

As Leeds solidifies its commitment to environmental stewardship and technological innovation, the successful completion of the LED Lighting Scheme underscores the council’s dedication to forging a more sustainable future for the city and its residents.