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iPad-controlled streetlights to brighten the U.K.

 A new, energy-saving light system in London will allow engineers to adjust the brightness of streetlamps using an iPad app. (iStock) City officials in London, England have approved a plan to replace 14,000 old streetlights with high-tech "smart lights" that can be controlled with iPads.

The project will cost about £3.25 million initially, but according to the Westminster City Council it will save citizens up to £420,000 a year by 2015 thanks to its efficiency.

The new lighting system will allow engineers to adjust the brightness of lights or turn them off completely using an iPad app to save energy in less-trafficked areas.

They'll also be alerted automatically when a wire is broken or bulbs need replacing. The system can even predict when a lamp is likely to fail, reported  West London Today.

"This provides people in Westminster with the light they require to feel secure and continue to function safely in a 24-hour city," said council cabinet member Ed Argar to the local paper. "But it also will reduce our energy bill by nearly £1million every two years. A huge saving that we can pass onto the taxpayer."

WLT reports that officials had considered switching off street lights in the densely populated borough to cut costs, but decided against it for safety reasons.

Council has promised to install the lights across central London over the next four years.

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