More than 8,000 street lights in Bath will be replaced with new light emitting diode (LED) units.
Bath & North East Somerset Council will be rolling out the energy efficient technology, which is already used on main traffic routes into Bath, in residential areas around the city under a six month rolling programme starting in mid-June.
According to the local authority, the LED lights will reduce energy consumption of street lights in the area by up to 60% compared to the existing sodium lights and current estimates show this will result in a 35% reduction in the council’s carbon footprint.
Councillor Anthony Clarke, cabinet member for transport, said: “The introduction of LED street lights in residential areas will be a major step in making Bath and North East Somerset more sustainable and will significantly reduce our carbon emissions by slashing the amount of power needed to light our streets. This upgrade will also reduce light pollution in a way that ensures we keep streetlights switched on for our residents.”