GLASGOW has become the first UK local authority to switch to low- energy street lights following the launch of a new loan scheme by the Green Investment Bank . The city plans to convert its 70,000 streetlights to LEDs in a bid to reduce costs, energy consumption and light pollution, as part of a scheme that the Green Investment Bank hopes will be adopted by other councils across the UK . LED lights provide more illumination on the ground and less to the clouds. Close to 100% of the light goes downward, unlike conventional street lights which send a third of their glow into the night sky. The new lights are expected to last for 40 years.
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