The borough of Wigan is embarking on a £11 million project to refit 31,000 LED street lights over the next 3 years.

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Wigan has 5,500 units in place currently and expects to be making savings of £1 million annually when all the lights are fitted.

The Philips LEDs and control system is expected to cut electricity bills by 60% and will last for over 20 years.

Wigan Council Leader, Lord Peter Smith, said: “I know some councils are switching lights off to save money but I don’t think that’s something people would want in Wigan Borough. We’ve instead come up with a new scheme to replace our existing lights with LED light bulbs which will still offer the same service the public expects but will be considerably cheaper.”

Other places that have gone LED are: Cumbria, Ayrshire, York, Hartlepool, Warrington and many more.

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