Energy efficient street lighting

We are currently carrying out works to both improve the street lighting performance in the region and save money at the same time.

How much could we save?

  • It is expected to initially save around £100,000 each year in reduced energy costs alone, a figure that could rise significantly due to the energy inflation rates predicted over the coming years.
  • This would see us save around £20 Million over the 20 year life span of the new LED lanterns.

How does it work?

  • The new LED lighting uses around half the energy currently used by the existing street lights in the Borders and the new technology has a longer service life and requires less maintenance.
  • A total of 17,800 street lights and 1,200 signs and bollards will be changed to energy-saving equivalents in the Scottish Borders between April 2014 and March 2018.

How will the new lights affect street safety?

  • The LED light will help support better detection of crime as it improves images captured at night from CCTV (closed circuit television) as well as allowing facial recognition, clothing, colours and car registration numbers to be more easily identified.
  • This will help make our streets safer and assist in giving more accurate descriptive information to the police.

How will the new lights differ from the existing ones?

  • New or replacement lighting is designed to British and European lighting standards and will be “white light” technology.
  • The aim is to provide the right standard for the type of road, traffic flow and local conditions. Some roads will have noticeably brighter lighting for these reasons.
View the energy efficient street lighting rollout programme