Council’s energy saving streetlights keeping residents up at night

Posted On 06 Feb 2020 at 2:58 pm

Residents have complained that some of the council’s new energy saving LED streetlights are too bright and are keeping them up at night.

The council started replacing its 18,000 lanterns around the city last year, and says the new lamps are set to save it half a million pounds every year.

But reports have been made via FixMyStreet that some of the new white lights are overpowering, and more suited to lighting main roads than residential streets.

One report, submitted on Sunday for Whippingham Road, Brighton, says: “Please can the newly installed streetlight in Whippingham Road be reviewed.

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“The new LED lamp is a good meter higher than the one it replaced and this one appears better suited to lighting an A road than a residential street as it has no cowling on it.

“The resulting flood of light is overpowering to look at and is adversely lighting up the houses around it.”

Another, submitted for Rochester Street, Brighton, said: “Street lamp light is too bright and brighter that all the other lamps on Rochester Street.

“This is right opposite my bedroom window and at night with curtains drawn make the room bright!”

The new lights emit a white light which allows objects and people to be identified more easily compared with the light from a traditional lamp, will also reduce the city’s energy consumption and require less maintenance.

In December, the council had replaced 100 lighting columns and is replacing more at a rate of about 600 a month. In 2018/19, emissions from street lighting electricity use fell by more than 20% compared to 2017/18

The project, which will eventually save the city council £500,000 a year, does not include any plans to replace the city’s historic cast iron columns. It is due to be completed in 2021.

Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Anne Pissaridou said in December: “The council is committed to its plan to be carbon neutral by 2030 and this project will certainly help to achieve that goal.

“It’s good to know that with each lantern replaced, the city’s carbon footprint gets a little smaller.

“This project, alongside investments we’re making in our transport infrastructure, including electric vehicle charging points, shows just how hard we’re working to reduce the city’s carbon emissions.”

A council spokeswoman said this week that problems with street lights, including if they’re too bright and shining into someone’s house for example, can be reported here:

  1. JimmyR Reply

    Our new LED street lamps (fitted to the top of the original cast iron lamp standards) in Selborne Road, Hove are excellent with a lovely bright white light, especially compared to the strange orange colour of the old Sodium lamps. New LEDs were first installed in February 2019 but they weren’t bright enough and not a patch on the orange Sodium lamps that had been there for decades. However, the inferior LEDs from 2019 have now already been replaced by these much improved LEDs and there’s much more light on the road for pedestrians and vehicles. However, these street lights would only affect people in basements or on the ground floor of buildings because of their height and the way the light is projected in Selborne Road. I could well imagine that houses near very tall LED street lamps might be a different story.

  2. Rachel Reply

    I’d rather have the bright lights than the dim ones we used to have which gave out no light at all. Safer all round.

  3. Craig Gallagher Reply

    5G Street lights it’s pumping obnoxious substance known as microwave radiation into your bedrooms. Look up Mark steele 5G gateshead

  4. Hovelassies Reply

    Loving the additional illumination from the new lights. Feel so much sfaer and can see where I am going in the dark. Not great if your bedroom is close though.

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