Hanham next for LED street light switch
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Hanham is the next area of South Gloucestershire to be lit by low energy, low-emission LED street lights, as part of district-wide measures to reduce street lighting-related energy costs and carbon emissions.
From September, the Council’s StreetCare team will install 1,250 new LED lights across Hanham Parish and Hanham Abbotts.
As part of the measures, street lights in Hanham Parish will also be converted to part-night operation — switching off between 1.00 am and 5.00 am GMT — bringing the whole Hanham area into line with the district’s part-night lighting regime.
Together, the LED units and part-night operation will help to reduce the costs of lighting Hanham’s streets by approximately £45,000 a year while cutting carbon emissions by an estimated 150 tonnes.
LED units will also be installed on the A38 and A4174 ring road during autumn 2014/15 making further significant budget, CO2 and energy savings.
The LED installations are part of a rolling investment programme that will see all of South Gloucestershire’s 30,000 street lights converted to the new technology over the next 10 years.
The project began in January this year when almost 300 LED units were installed in Charfield. Work is set to continue in Cribbs Causeway, Oldland and Bradley Stoke during 2015/16.
LED lights are fast becoming the norm among local authorities as they consume about 60 per cent less energy than older sodium lights, last four times as long and are significantly less expensive to maintain.
The lights are also known to help reduce light pollution by directing their beam more effectively at the ground, cutting down on light ‘overspill’ to the side and above.
Detailed plans for the introduction of LED’s were approved by South Gloucestershire councillors in September 2013.
Residents with questions about the new units can find out more at www.southglos.gov.uk/led
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