Decision details

LED Street Lighting

Decision Maker: Cabinet member infrastructure

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to commence the invest to save project for LED street lighting with our Public Realm delivery partner, Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), to deliver community, financial and environmental benefits.


That approval is given to proceed with the implementation of the £5.517m LED Street Lights “Invest to Save” Project as outlined in the report.



Reasons for the decision:

1.     The recommendation to upgrade all street lighting to LED lanterns is based on the success of the previous LED street lighting project and the council’s public commitment to upgrade all street lighting to LED in October 2012.

2.     To date, the council has invested £1.495m to upgrade 30% of street lights and all traffic bollards, sign lights and signal heads to LED. This will generate a predicted saving of £3.877m and 12,153tCO2 over the next 20years.

3.     The proposed savings of the recommendation are set out below:

Project Summary

Cost £m

20yr £m saving

20yr CO2 saving

Upgrading ~9,000 street lights to LED (with pre-set dimming) and replacing ~3,000 lighting columns.




(Excluding repayments)

17.2 tCO2



Alternative options considered:

Option 1 – Not to proceed

Without significant investment in new energy efficient street lighting, the two thirds of street lighting (~9,000 lanterns) would remain old and inefficient. This would result in rising energy and maintenance costs and a failure by Herefordshire Council to meet its targets for carbon reduction.

Additionally there are currently approximately 3,000 lighting columns that are in need of replacement with an overall cost in the region of £3million. This is currently unbudgeted and will be a future budget pressure over the next 5years.


Option 2 – To select an alternative option from Appendix 1 to this report – “LED Street Lighting Options”

This is not recommended as the proposed option of pre-set dimming offers the best value for money with significantly lower capital costs and the highest energy and cost savings.


Reason Key: Strategic nature / impact on communities;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Lisa Beavan Email:

Publication date: 13/08/2014

Date of decision: 13/08/2014

Effective from: 19/08/2014

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