Stapleford Street Light Improvements
Street Lamps are currently being changed in Stapleford over the next couple of months.
The “bulk clean and change process” involves changing all the lamps, cleaning the lanterns and checking that that light is working before moving on to the next.
To further improve lighting levels Nottinghamshire County Council have decided to upgrade the old high-pressure sodium (Orange SOX) lanterns with a white LED alternative.
The new LED lanterns will be dimmed between the hours of 10pm and 7am in order to produce further savings and prolong the life of the lanterns.
Nottinghamshire County Council are aware there may be some concerns about them moving to LED lighting as the light can be seen as being a bit harsh when compared to the warm orange glow of the traditional lanterns, especially when it’s first changed over.
However, the white light gives exceptional colour definition and savings of between 45-60% in energy with further savings in carbon emissions, so they are much better for the environment. The LEDs are angled to only light public roads so will give less light interference to residents and light pollution to the night sky.
The cost reduction of retrofitting existing lanterns with LED lamps on a typical residential road is as follows:
Old 55W SOX Lamp £30.00 in energy use per year.
New 22W LED Lamp £9.50 in energy use per year.
By introducing these policy changes, Nottinghamshire County Council hope the energy saving project will save £1.5m off the energy bill by April 2017.