THE Vale council has begun installing new LED streetlights in residential streets throughout the county as part of a £1.4 million investment.

The scheme aims to benefit the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs, as well as cutting council maintenance and repair costs.

More than 5,000 conventional street lighting lanterns will be replaced by more efficient LED alternatives, which will be dimmed by 50 per cent between midnight and 6am.

LED lanterns can last for 20 to 25 years compared to conventional lighting, which has a life span of three to six years.

The rollout has begun in Penarth and will eventually move on to Dinas Powys, Sully, Barry, Wenvoe, Peterston, Rhoose, Cowbridge, St Athan, Llantwit Major, Ewenny/Llandow and St Bride’s Major.

The programme to convert all lanterns in residential streets to LED will take some 14 weeks to complete. Upon completion, more than 60 per cent of street lights will have been converted.