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Green bulb switch 'nearing end'

Traffic lights
The council has been replacing the bulbs over the past two years

Kent's switch-over to low-energy traffic light bulbs to cut carbon emissions is nearly finished, according to the council.

Kent County Council said all of its signal lamps and push-button bulbs would be replaced by September as part of the £1.7m two-year scheme.

It estimates the light-emitting diode units, which have a longer lifespan, will save £150,000 annually.

The council said it would also save about a tonne of carbon dioxide a year.

Kent County councillor Nick Chard added: "The switch from existing halogen lamps will result in substantial financial and environmental savings.

"This is a good example which shows that 'going green' makes sound business sense."

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