Council to pay £8m to see the light...

New energy saving street lights in Fife.
New energy saving street lights in Fife.

OVER 60,000 street lights across Fife are to be upgraded in a project lasting six years and costing £8.7million.

The local authority is replacing all old orange-coloured lights with new energy saving ones, which were trialled in Glenrothes in 2010.

They are said to provide brighter, whiter and better quality lighting and can be dimmed slightly during the quiet times of night, to save energy without compromising community safety.

Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesman for transport and environment, said the council was spending money in order to save in the long term.

The combination of more energy-efficient bulbs and variable lighting technology means it will cut its energy use by about 30 per cent, and also decrease ongoing maintenance costs.

Meanwhile, if you spot a light that’s out and needing replaced, you can report it by calling 08451 550011 or logging it at