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Amenity Lighting


Towns across the UK are beginning to reap the benefits of an up-to-date amenity lighting solution. As well as making energy savings, systems with a longer life expectancy also reduce the negative impacts of maintenance.


reduce maintenance and reduce consumption costs. This was carried out at the Upper Thames Street westbound tunnel, which is now entirely lit using LED lights designed to improve visibility and help the rising numbers of cyclists that take to London’s roads during rush hour. The system was installed as part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s target to reduce the CO2 emissions by 2025. It was thought that the savings created by the new system would be enough to power almost 800 London buses. TfL made a decision to closely monitor the system over the coming months in order to validate the technology and also review how else they could use the findings.


As well as a keen interest in the energy


efficiency of the system, it seems that TfL also have significant interest in its other benefits. Dana Skeley, Director of Roads at Transport for London was keen to explain why a new system of lighting was needed in the city; “Traditional sodium-based street lighting and in particular tunnel lighting, are a large burden on TfL’s energy costs and CO2 emissions, and by nature of the need for bulk replacement can also result in a high number of maintenance closures.” Any closures play havoc on the city, so the longevity of LEDs is a real benefit. Plans to keep an eye on the effectiveness


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of LEDs are still in place, with a keen eye on the improvement of such disruption; “We are currently investigating whether LED lighting could provide benefits for London, not only in terms of cost and associated CO2 emissions, but also in reduced maintenance, helping to reduce disruption to road users across the capital.”


Councils are taking very seriously the need to update lighting and provide a more energy efficient solution. As well as responding to cries for more eco-friendly lighting systems, the low cost and reduced maintenance of an up-to-date solution means that benefits for the councils themselves are also significant.


Contact


DW Windsor T: 01992 474600 W: www.dwwindsor.com


Ubris T: 01256 354446 W: www.urbislighting.com


TfL W: www.tfl.gov.uk


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