Council commits millions to new street lighting

Hereford Times: Council commits millions to new street lighting Council commits millions to new street lighting

THE next phase of a multi-million pound project to upgrade street lighting across the county is set to start in the autumn.

Herefordshire Council says replacing existing lighting with LED alternatives will save £9.5m over 20 years.

The replacement programme began in the autumn of 2012.

To date, approximately one third of the county’s street lights and traffic signals have upgraded at a cost of £1.3million, which will, by the council’s calculations, save £3.2million over 20 years. 

Savings of well over £677k are identified in a £194,861 spend on upgrading traffic bollards, sign lights and signal heads.

LED – or Light-Emitting Diodes -  have a much lower energy consumption and need less maintenance. 

An LED emits a white light which shines more directly onto the road - with the potential to cut light pollution and intrusion - while making colours and facial features more easily recognisable. 

Offering considerable CO2 (greenhouse gas) savings the lights are also crucial to the council meeting its reduction targets.

The second stage of the replacement programme is proposed to start in the autumn and timed to end next Spring.

Around 3,000 outdated lamp post columns will also be replaced. 

This stage of the project is estimated to cost £6.6million and will save an estimated £9.5million in energy and maintenance costs over 20 years.

A break down of the project by phase shows that, so far, 5,970 street lights, traffic signals, bollards, sign lights and signal heads have been upgraded to make a total carbon saving of 14,153 tCO2 over 20 years.

The proposed second phase sees the remaing 8,944 street lights upgraded and 2,926 ageing columns replaced  to make a carbon saving of 21,855 tCO2 - or 3.7% of total emissions - over 20 years.



 

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12:02pm Fri 30 May 14

mizza21 says...

We got em on our road.
The quality of the light is stark, cold and unpleasant.
We got em on our road. The quality of the light is stark, cold and unpleasant. mizza21
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6:29pm Fri 30 May 14

courtesycall says...

A lampost with LED in our road has been on 24/7 for several weeks now. I dread to think what it's costing in electricity? How come no one from the Council or Balfour B has got round to fix it? Are they expecting us to report it or what?
A lampost with LED in our road has been on 24/7 for several weeks now. I dread to think what it's costing in electricity? How come no one from the Council or Balfour B has got round to fix it? Are they expecting us to report it or what? courtesycall
  • Score: 0

11:40pm Fri 30 May 14

William Rudd says...

A fatal mistake being made here with installing led lighting.
The amount of light they throw out are simply not good enough.
A new type of led lighting called SMD led (surface mounted diode) are so much brighter and throw a better area of light are already mass produced .
A fatal mistake being made here with installing led lighting. The amount of light they throw out are simply not good enough. A new type of led lighting called SMD led (surface mounted diode) are so much brighter and throw a better area of light are already mass produced . William Rudd
  • Score: 2

10:33am Sat 31 May 14

Holmerowan says...

This seems a strange project to be undertaking when we have severe cuts to more immediately needed services.
The cost is a staggering £6.6 million for very little savings compared to outlay over 20 years. Also the benefits that such lighting brings is dubious.
The lights installed at present seem ok to me.
This is something that can wait until there is sufficient funds available and the money allocated to this project used for more pressing needs.
This ruling administration seem incapable of budgeting what funds they have with what we the taxpayers really need.
This seems a strange project to be undertaking when we have severe cuts to more immediately needed services. The cost is a staggering £6.6 million for very little savings compared to outlay over 20 years. Also the benefits that such lighting brings is dubious. The lights installed at present seem ok to me. This is something that can wait until there is sufficient funds available and the money allocated to this project used for more pressing needs. This ruling administration seem incapable of budgeting what funds they have with what we the taxpayers really need. Holmerowan
  • Score: 4

7:16am Mon 2 Jun 14

WYSIATI says...

courtesycall wrote:
A lampost with LED in our road has been on 24/7 for several weeks now. I dread to think what it's costing in electricity? How come no one from the Council or Balfour B has got round to fix it? Are they expecting us to report it or what?
That might make it easier for them to fix - give them a courtesy call perhaps
[quote][p][bold]courtesycall[/bold] wrote: A lampost with LED in our road has been on 24/7 for several weeks now. I dread to think what it's costing in electricity? How come no one from the Council or Balfour B has got round to fix it? Are they expecting us to report it or what?[/p][/quote]That might make it easier for them to fix - give them a courtesy call perhaps WYSIATI
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dplcv37 says...

**Note to council**

When installing the new lamp posts make sure they are at least 1mtr taller than the old ones otherwise the grass will soon be so overgrown it will cover the LED bulbs and there will be no light at all!!
**Note to council** When installing the new lamp posts make sure they are at least 1mtr taller than the old ones otherwise the grass will soon be so overgrown it will cover the LED bulbs and there will be no light at all!! dplcv37
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dplcv37 says...

Holmerowan wrote:
This seems a strange project to be undertaking when we have severe cuts to more immediately needed services.
The cost is a staggering £6.6 million for very little savings compared to outlay over 20 years. Also the benefits that such lighting brings is dubious.
The lights installed at present seem ok to me.
This is something that can wait until there is sufficient funds available and the money allocated to this project used for more pressing needs.
This ruling administration seem incapable of budgeting what funds they have with what we the taxpayers really need.
Well said
[quote][p][bold]Holmerowan[/bold] wrote: This seems a strange project to be undertaking when we have severe cuts to more immediately needed services. The cost is a staggering £6.6 million for very little savings compared to outlay over 20 years. Also the benefits that such lighting brings is dubious. The lights installed at present seem ok to me. This is something that can wait until there is sufficient funds available and the money allocated to this project used for more pressing needs. This ruling administration seem incapable of budgeting what funds they have with what we the taxpayers really need.[/p][/quote]Well said dplcv37
  • Score: 1

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