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LED street lighting, which has seen a recent marked spike in demand, has been around for some time now with most councils having at least one trial of LED street lighting within their community. Because of the improved energy efficiency of the LED units, councils adopting their use have seen some impressive savings on the energy being consumed compared to the traditional sodium SOX and SON lighting. Examples vary, but cost savings of 50% have been reported compared to traditional lighting.
To speed up purchasing of LED street lights, a number of councils have opted to use framework agreements. ESPO offers a framework dedicated to LED street lighting and associated products and services, which is free of charge to access. Any specification can be catered for by running 'mini competitions' under the framework, meaning the very latest technology can be accessed.
One such authority is Hull City Council. They ran their own mini competition under ESPO’s framework 59A to procure up to 30 watt and up to 70 watt premium grade LED luminaires. Leila Oxtoby, who is managing the LED rollout project for Hull Council said:
“Hull City Council plan to install around 33,000 LED luminaires over a period of 2 years. This is a 'spend to save' project that will potentially deliver savings of up to £1.6m per annum, through a reduction in costs, including maintenance, energy and carbon emissions. Running a mini competition through the ESPO framework allowed us to run an efficient procurement process; and gain the benefits we sought after in terms of quality and price.”
Adopting LED street lighting technology presents a ‘quick win’ opportunity for councils to help with their savings targets. The payback period is relatively short and the savings substantial.
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