Bristol to use energy-efficient street lights

Street light
Image caption Old sodium bulbs will be replaced by energy-efficient alternatives

Street lights in Bristol are to be converted to use energy-efficient white light bulbs at a cost of £4m.

Bristol City Council said changing the current sodium lights would take about four years and would save £338,000 in its first full year of operation.

The authority estimates a saving of more than 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

The money for the work is being borrowed and work to convert the lights should begin in May.

A spokesman said the move would lead to a "big cut in Bristol's carbon footprint".

In March, neighbouring Weston-super-Mare announced a similar scheme which would see more than 140 concrete columns replaced and more efficient lanterns used.

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