The big switch: 16,000 Bournemouth streetlights to be replaced to save energy costs

The big switch: 16,000 Bournemouth streetlights to be replaced to save energy costs

The big switch: 16,000 Bournemouth streetlights to be replaced to save energy costs

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STREETLIGHTS across Bournemouth are being fitted with LED technology to reduce energy costs.

So far some 3,000 replacements have taken place in Muscliff, Moordown and Bear Cross, and the work continues at a rate of around 500 new lanterns a week. There are 16,000 to be replaced across the town.

Illuminated bollards around the town are also having their bulbs replaced with LEDs.

Bournemouth Council claims the switch will save around 73 per cent of its annual energy costs.

“We are delighted with how well the first few weeks have gone rolling out the bollards and now also with the first of the new energy efficient street light lanterns,” said councillor Michael Filer, cabinet member for transport.

“The benefits are huge, not just financially as we’re already seeing a reduction in our energy costs, but also environmentally and aesthetically.”

He said the LEDs’ “cleaner, crisper light” would help to reduce the “perception” of crime and antisocial behaviour.

“In addition we are starting on repainting many of our lamp posts as part of our Smart Streets programme of improvements so the town will really look at its best,” he added.

Work to install the lanterns will be conducted outside of peak hours in areas where traffic management is required, and in some areas short term road closures will be required.

A council spokesman said they would use such cases as opportunities to carry out general road maintenance including pothole repairs, refreshing road markings and cleaning gullies.

The £7.7 million LED scheme has been funded with the aid of Salix Finance, a publically-funded company which provides interest-free loans to the public sector for energy efficiency projects. Salix has provided a £4.2 million loan for Bournemouth Council.

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12:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

B'mth bred says...

These new lights are a load of rubbish. It's like fixing a torch to the lamppost ?
They do not light up the pavement and unfortunately I think street crime will increase because these lights do not spread the light out.
Interested to hear your views
These new lights are a load of rubbish. It's like fixing a torch to the lamppost ? They do not light up the pavement and unfortunately I think street crime will increase because these lights do not spread the light out. Interested to hear your views B'mth bred
  • Score: 6

12:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

Indeed they have "so far some 3,000 replacements have taken place in Muscliff, Moordown and Bear Cross" and since they did, these areas have all been plunged into an eerie virtual blackout like darkness.

Huge areas of the streets and parks that were once warmly lit are now in total blackness at night punctuated only by the occasional lamp post where the ice-cold LED lighting confines itself to illuminating it's own support pole and a very small circle of ground immediately below it! These lights were designed in such a way that they emit no peripheral light at all, houses only a few feet away from a pavement LED street light are now suddenly completely in the dark.

I can foresee all sorts of safety and crime concerns being raised as the nights begin to close in, for instance children will be walking and cycling from schools along roads now lit by nothing much better than the occasional distantly located solar garden lamp when in the past the whole street was bathed in a safe glowing warm yellow light.

This replacement of our excellent previous street lights like this is NOT progress, we are going back to the next to useless illumination levels from the old Victorian gas lamp age. The cost of all these replacement 'low energy' lamps will probably never be recovered by the savings in energy so why does the Council borrow money in our name to severely lower the standard of service being provided.

Are we being forced down yet another EU driven 'green' low-carbon/low energy policy road that nobody in their right mind would choose - I rather suspect we are.
Indeed they have "so far some 3,000 replacements have taken place in Muscliff, Moordown and Bear Cross" and since they did, these areas have all been plunged into an eerie virtual blackout like darkness. Huge areas of the streets and parks that were once warmly lit are now in total blackness at night punctuated only by the occasional lamp post where the ice-cold LED lighting confines itself to illuminating it's own support pole and a very small circle of ground immediately below it! These lights were designed in such a way that they emit no peripheral light at all, houses only a few feet away from a pavement LED street light are now suddenly completely in the dark. I can foresee all sorts of safety and crime concerns being raised as the nights begin to close in, for instance children will be walking and cycling from schools along roads now lit by nothing much better than the occasional distantly located solar garden lamp when in the past the whole street was bathed in a safe glowing warm yellow light. This replacement of our excellent previous street lights like this is NOT progress, we are going back to the next to useless illumination levels from the old Victorian gas lamp age. The cost of all these replacement 'low energy' lamps will probably never be recovered by the savings in energy so why does the Council borrow money in our name to severely lower the standard of service being provided. Are we being forced down yet another EU driven 'green' low-carbon/low energy policy road that nobody in their right mind would choose - I rather suspect we are. muscliffman
  • Score: 12

12:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

old git 2 says...

i prefer the new lights - i think!!!!
the spread of light isnt as great as mentioned above and my front garden is now really dark. But the light on the road is a much crisper light and its easier to see things whilst driving.
I havent tried walking as yet so that remains to be assessed!
However, its lovely to be able to see the stars now - and the long term benifits such as savings for the council are good. Keeps the Council Tax bills down!
Finally - it has to be better than having the lights turned off between 1am and 5am!
i prefer the new lights - i think!!!! the spread of light isnt as great as mentioned above and my front garden is now really dark. But the light on the road is a much crisper light and its easier to see things whilst driving. I havent tried walking as yet so that remains to be assessed! However, its lovely to be able to see the stars now - and the long term benifits such as savings for the council are good. Keeps the Council Tax bills down! Finally - it has to be better than having the lights turned off between 1am and 5am! old git 2
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Minty Fresh says...

So these new lights are going to save money are they? Ok, how long will it be before the energy savings make up for the cost of buying them?
So these new lights are going to save money are they? Ok, how long will it be before the energy savings make up for the cost of buying them? Minty Fresh
  • Score: 3

1:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

B'mth bred wrote:
These new lights are a load of rubbish. It's like fixing a torch to the lamppost ?
They do not light up the pavement and unfortunately I think street crime will increase because these lights do not spread the light out.
Interested to hear your views
Nice wording here. ...would help to reduce the “perception” of crime and antisocial behaviour. If we cannot see the crime then it does not exist!
[quote][p][bold]B'mth bred[/bold] wrote: These new lights are a load of rubbish. It's like fixing a torch to the lamppost ? They do not light up the pavement and unfortunately I think street crime will increase because these lights do not spread the light out. Interested to hear your views[/p][/quote]Nice wording here. ...would help to reduce the “perception” of crime and antisocial behaviour. If we cannot see the crime then it does not exist! Cosmic Crusader
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

muscliffman says...

old git 2 wrote:
i prefer the new lights - i think!!!!
the spread of light isnt as great as mentioned above and my front garden is now really dark. But the light on the road is a much crisper light and its easier to see things whilst driving.
I havent tried walking as yet so that remains to be assessed!
However, its lovely to be able to see the stars now - and the long term benifits such as savings for the council are good. Keeps the Council Tax bills down!
Finally - it has to be better than having the lights turned off between 1am and 5am!
Do you really think these 'low-energy' new lights are going to save Council Tax, I doubt very much that they would stand up to an all considerations financial audit as doing anything but ultimately costing us all money.

Yes, the new lights do provide a crisp light - in about a ten foot circumference around the base of the post whilst everywhere else is virtually pitch black unless you are driving with your headlights on - and it is this which conversely makes driving easier.

Unfortunately stars or not this does not help if you are an endangered pedestrian, cyclist or a potential victim of crime in the darkness!
[quote][p][bold]old git 2[/bold] wrote: i prefer the new lights - i think!!!! the spread of light isnt as great as mentioned above and my front garden is now really dark. But the light on the road is a much crisper light and its easier to see things whilst driving. I havent tried walking as yet so that remains to be assessed! However, its lovely to be able to see the stars now - and the long term benifits such as savings for the council are good. Keeps the Council Tax bills down! Finally - it has to be better than having the lights turned off between 1am and 5am![/p][/quote]Do you really think these 'low-energy' new lights are going to save Council Tax, I doubt very much that they would stand up to an all considerations financial audit as doing anything but ultimately costing us all money. Yes, the new lights do provide a crisp light - in about a ten foot circumference around the base of the post whilst everywhere else is virtually pitch black unless you are driving with your headlights on - and it is this which conversely makes driving easier. Unfortunately stars or not this does not help if you are an endangered pedestrian, cyclist or a potential victim of crime in the darkness! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

5:07pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

The current lighting barely lights up the space to the next light. We should be thankful for small mercies at least they don't switch them all off overnight unlike some councils.
The current lighting barely lights up the space to the next light. We should be thankful for small mercies at least they don't switch them all off overnight unlike some councils. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -5

5:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

bobthedestroyer says...

I think most people would prefer pavements and roads to be fixed before giving the bloody posts a lick of paint!
I think most people would prefer pavements and roads to be fixed before giving the bloody posts a lick of paint! bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

9:00am Thu 31 Jul 14

P Barker says...

They did Redbreast road last week, and already one dosent work !
They did Redbreast road last week, and already one dosent work ! P Barker
  • Score: -1

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