The Larnaca municipality and the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) have signed a contract for the supply and installation of LED street lighting, in what is expected to create energy savings of 67% for the third-largest city in Cyprus, CyprusMail reported.
Under the contract, the Electricity Authority of Cyprus will upgrade lighting in the municipality by installing a total of 8,300 LED lamps at a total cost of EUR 1.38 million plus VAT. The contract also covers eight years of maintenance, including that of the old light fixtures.
The energy efficiency project is to create energy savings of 67% for Larnaca
Replacing the light bulbs will both reduce electricity consumption and the municipality’s electricity expenses, the municipality said. The Larnaca municipality is expected to save around EUR 500,000 per year thanks to the energy efficiency project, depending on which luminaires are going to be used.
Replacement of road lighting is expected to begin at the end of December and to be completed by the end of May 2020.
The share of electricity consumed for lighting is 19% globally and 14% in the EU, the report notes. In Europe, incandescent bulbs are being phased out and must be replaced by new, energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting technologies.
Incandescent lights attract nocturnally migrating birds more than LED lights
The implementation of the new LED technology will save not only energy but also money as their lifespan is much longer, reducing street lighting maintenance costs by 50%-70%. In addition, LED lights provide clearer vision for motorists, especially in bad weather conditions.
At the same time, incandescent lights attract nocturnally migrating birds more than LED lights. The reduced direct and reflected up-light also means a reduction in urban skyglow, CyprusMail writes.