The programme began in June 2018 and involved more than 55,000 street lights, approximately 1,600 street lighting column replacements and various auxiliary electrical elements.
This street lighting renewal has helped the city reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in compliance with Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme.
Transport and environment convener councillor Lesley Macinnes says: “The upgrade of street lighting across the city will not only save the council millions, but will also have a real impact on CO2 emissions – since the beginning of the project we’ve already seen a sustained reduction in electricity consumption and carbon use. When comparing March 2018 to March 2021, energy consumption has dropped 40% as a result and we still have eight months to go.”
Additionally, the team installed a dynamic street lighting control management system that allows for more efficient management of the lighting, reducing the need for people to report faults as these are now being automatically picked up.
As part of the deal, Amey upgraded the lighting system in the local Colinton Tunnel and Trinity Tunnel replacing with LED units achieving 150/149 lux.
According to Amey: “This renovation of Colinton tunnel has also been the focus for a new mural funded by the community which has now become an Edinburgh landmark.”