LED Replacement Project
In February 2015 the council submitted a bid
to the Department for Transports Challenge Fund Initiative, to
carry out works to its street lighting asset. In May 2015 the
Department for Transport confirmed that Bedford had been successful
in its bid and was awarded £5.3 million over a 3 year period.
Bedford Borough Council will add a further contribution of £1.05
million to the project.
As part of the project all street lights
within the Bedford Borough area would be structurally tested and
replaced where required, all street light lanterns are to be
replaced with new energy efficient LED lanterns and a Central
Management System (CMS) is to be installed. This work will take
place on all of the councils highway street lighting stock –
approximately 14,000 street lights.
The CMS is a communication tool that will
allow the council to monitor in real time each individual street
light. The system has a variety of benefits including fault
reporting, control of light output and accurate energy billing.
Listed below are some of the advantages provided from using this
system and using LED lanterns:
- Reduced energy bills. Replacing older lighting units with more
modern energy efficient units (LED lights).
- LED lanterns are anticipated to last between 20 and 25 years
with less maintenance requirements than traditional street lighting
- The functionality of the CMS also allows other energy saving
innovations such as dimming of lights or part night lighting to be
introduced, trialled or modified in specific locations without the
need for any works on the street.
- Reduced energy consumption by use of CMS. Precise wattage
figures and precise lighting times can be used to calculate the
energy used rather than traditional national average times.
- Street Lighting faults will be reported directly to Bedford
Borough Council’s Highways Street Lighting department. This will
improve our ability to maintain streetlights and will reduce the
number of helpdesk calls and complaints about street lights not
This project is essential for the council as
the majority of the highway lighting stock is life expired and
uses significantly more energy in comparison to new LED
solutions. The council is therefore now working hard to
deliver this project in a cost effective and efficient
manner. The structural testing element of the works has now
been completed and replacement of columns is taking place.
The outline programme for delivery of this
project is as follows:
Procurement of a specialist team to carry out the below ground
electrical connections required– August to October 2015.
of structural testing of lighting columns – August to November
Replacement of defective lighting columns – October 2015 – June
Installation of new lanterns and CMS system – October 2015 to April
The council is aware of some life expired
aluminium columns in Kempston, therefore this asset has not been
structurally tested, replacement of the columns and lanterns
commenced in October with the communication equipment to be
installed at a later date when available.
The broad current programme for delivery of
the new lighting asset is as follows:
(aluminium columns) October 2015 to early 2016
centre wards commencing January 2016
wards and remaining sections of Kempston 2016 - 2017
wards and borough owned lighting in the Parishes 2017 to 2018
A detailed programme for the initial phases
can be seen here, this will be updated on a monthly basis to
confirm which areas are designed, on site or completed.
view the Programme for Street Lighting Improvement
Possible LED Lantern
Possible Standard Steel Column
Possible Heritage Lantern with possible
A list of frequently asked questions and
answers is provided below, if there are any questions that you have
please email the address below. Frequently asked questions will be
added to the list below:
Will all lighting columns be replaced as part of this
No only lighting columns identified by the structural testing
requiring replacement will be replaced as part of this project.
How long will the project take to complete?
All works will be completed by the end of March 2018 in relation
to this project.
Will street lighting columns be moved?
The design of the lighting system within each road will be
assessed and if required columns will be relocated and replaced,
however the basis of the bid is that the vast majority of the
columns will not be moved or replaced.
How will we know when our road is to be treated?
An indicative programme (ward based) will be available on this
website from the end of 2015. A more detailed programme for
each ward will be released 3 months prior to the works
commencing. Signs will also be put out on site prior to the
What happens if we have an ornate lighting column
currently in our street which has to be replaced?
Heritage style columns and lanterns will only be used in
conservation areas and these will only be used for 5m and 6m
columns, any other column height in these areas will be replaced
with standard column with a standard lantern. All other areas
outside of the conservation area will have a standard galvanised
steel column with a standard lantern installed, if a replacement
column is required. Where a standard column does not require a
replacement in the conservation area, a standard LED lantern will
be used. Where a heritage column does not require replacement a
heritage lantern will be used.
What about columns and lanterns in the town centre area
and special columns such as those on the town bridge?
Columns and lanterns within these areas will be looked at on an
individual basis. Details of replacement column and lantern
will be published on the website once agreed.
Are lighting columns in parks and car parks included in
The successful bid was only for lighting classed as a highway
asset, therefore at this stage these areas would not be
How do I know if I am in a conservation area?
Please see the map below for an indication of where heritage
style columns and lanterns will be used in the urban area and for
an example of the lantern and column. Within rural conservation
areas the same policy will be applied as the urban conservation
view a Plan showing the Conservation Area
Address: Street Lighting
Bedford Borough Council