AROUND 2,000 street lights will be switched off in Huddersfield in the early hours of every morning.

From this week onwards every ward in Kirklees will see a loss of light between midnight and 5am as part of a trial.

Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Streetscene, said it will cut the energy costs of every light by 40%, saving tens of thousands of pounds a year.

She said the council’s current annual street lighting energy bill was £1.8m and she predicts the figure will rise to around £2.9m by 2015 if nothing is done.

Clr Scott said: “The lights involved have been carefully chosen so that the safety of motorists and pedestrians will not be compromised.”

Streets lights and footpath lights will be included in the part-night trial.

Kirklees began the scheme last night in Dewsbury East and Cleckheaton council wards.

The phased trial is as follows:

February 11: Holme Valley South and Almondbury.

February 18: Newsome and Liversedge & Gomersal.

February 25:Kirkburton and Golcar.

March 4: Dalton, Crosland Moor & Netherton.

March 11: Holme Valley North and Batley West.

March 18: Heckmondwike and Dewsbury South.

March 25: Colne Valley, Birstall & Birkenshaw and Dewsbury West.

April 1: Batley East, Ashbrow and Denby Dale.

April 8: Greenhead, Lindley and Mirfield.

The trial will affect nearly 4% of the 51,000 street lights in Kirklees and will take around 10 weeks to complete the implementation.

The council says busy roads will remain illuminated.

Other roads unaffected include roads with a potential hazard or on roads with traffic-calming schemes.

Roads with above average night time road casualties will remain lit, as will places covered by police or council CCTV equipment.

Places with a high number of vulnerable people, sheltered housing and students are also unaffected.

It’s part of a wider scheme to save costs associated with lighting streets and bollards.

Last year the Cabinet put £995,000 into funding to allow the replacement of around 200 high-costs street lights with energy-efficient models.

All of the schemes will save the council around £90,000 per year.

To see if your road will lose light visit, click on the online fault reporting page and put your postcode in. If it shows a blue circle your street lights will be switched off as part of the trial.