Street lights on main roads and routes across Cardiff will benefit from a £4.4m smart-technology investment which will see 13,608 new street lights installed from December 1st.
Following a successful tender process, the City Council has awarded the contract to Centregreat. The company will now begin installing 1000 lanterns a month over the next 13 months.
The rollout follows the successful installation of 24,000 energy-efficient street lights in residential areas across the city which began in October 2014.
The new street lights, which will appear on almost all the city’s main bus routes and strategic highways, are designed to improve the night-time environment and to deliver a host of positive outcomes for residents and visitors, including:
- A reduction in street crime and the fear of street crime;
- Better visual guidance revealing obstacles more clearly;
- An 8% reduction in the Council’s carbon emissions;
- A tax payer saving of £800,000 a year in energy costs.
The new LED lanterns use a white-light source which is the same brightness and colour (3000 kelvins) as the lights which have already been installed in residential areas.
Cllr Ramesh Patel, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said:
“The Council has been working closely with interest groups and campaigners to ensure that the proposed colour and brightness of the light for the new scheme is appropriate and safe. To the human eye there will be no difference between the residential lighting that has already been installed and well-received across the city and the proposed LED lights for the highway network”.
“Currently, the residential street lights that have already been installed dim from 12 midnight until 6am to save energy at a time when few citizens are utilising the highway network. But the proposed new LED lights are even more advanced and will allow us to have far more control over lighting if necessary. If, say an accident occurred, we could turn up the lighting to help the emergency services. The lights can also self-report any faults or issues they are having to a central computer. This will enable the Council to be far more efficient at fixing faults.”
Mr Simon Nicholas, the well-known nationwide LED/environmental campaigner and also a Cardiff resident was recently quoted as saying:
“Cardiff and its officers have been open-minded and have accepted, considered and acted upon the wider issues, they have carried out consultations and trials with the various stakeholders, and have gone with the right specification. Others need to take note and follow Cardiff’s lead. We have also had meetings with Cardiff Astrological Society and The Dark Sky Society. Both of which had representatives at the consultation nights and are pleased with our intended specification.”
Crucially, however, the new street lights will give the Council better control over the network on main roads allowing it to dim or turn up lights. The technology in the lanterns will also be able to automatically report faults which will further enhance the efficiency of the service provided.