Street Lighting Replacement Programme

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Work starts this week on a two year programme of fitting more than 18,000 new white LED lights across Dundee at a cost of £4.8m.

The first area where residents will see cherry pickers used to remove old light heads to be replaced with the new ones on the same pole will be in Ardler, with Downfield and St Marys to follow throughout spring and early summer.

Dundee has more than 24,000 streetlights which use around 8.9GWh of power a year at a cost of £1.2 million. These lights also emit 3980 tonnes of CO2.

As well as helping to meet carbon reduction targets the new LED lights will also reduce running costs.

Installation and maintenance of street lighting in the city is undertaken by a partnership between Dundee City Council and Tayside Contracts.

LED street lighting technology is now common, and manufacturers have invested heavily in its development. Spares and maintenance components for older types of lighting are therefore becoming harder to source.

The benefits of using LED street lighting include:

  • Up to 70% reduction in energy usage;
  • future proofing the council’s assets;
  • lights can be dimmed overnight with a corresponding decrease in energy use;
  • longer lifespan and a reduced likelihood of faults – a reduction in maintenance costs;
  • better quality of light (more like daylight) improving visibility and colour recognition on the street; and
  • decreased light pollution into homes and gardens by directing light onto the road and pavement.

Installation of LED street lighting is a positive change for most residents but it can take some time to get used to it.

You can contact the team at or by calling 01382 433063.

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