THE bulbs lighting Limerick’s city streets should be replaced with energy-efficient LED bulbs to save money, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon has said.
Speaking after members of the transport committee were told that it costs €2.5m annually to light the streets, the Fianna Fail councillor – an electrician by trade – believes a replacement programme could yield savings of up to €1m a year.
Currently, the council uses sodium lightbulbs, save for a few areas, with the last major programme of works 20 years ago.
But Cllr O’Hanlon thinks it is time to look again.
“Most people in houses will realise that by replacing incandescent lightbulbs with LEDs brings about a huge saving. There could be between a 50% and 70 to 80% energy saving there. The council has already put some new LED lights in Mungret and at Ivan’s Cross. They are far more pleasant to the eye, the type of light they give out. There was energy saving made,” he said.
Cllr O’Hanlon said money should be borrowed to replace the street lighting on a phased basis. ”It would be money well-borrowed and well spent in my opinion,” he added, “If we get a 50% energy saving, you are talking about a saving of €1m every year”.
He also pointed out that LED bulbs last longer, in some cases up to 20 years.
In response, director Kieran Lehane said it would be a “very worthwhile project”. He said it would have to come before the full council for ratification, however.