Essex County Council continue to keep Harlow in the dark

News / Tue 9th Dec 2014 at 08:22am

AN LED streetlight pilot scheme is to be rolled out next year by Essex County Council but not in Harlow.

During the scheme, the council will accurately measure energy savings generated compared to conventional street lighting.

It will be also be able to establish optimum light settings.

Around 1700 streetlights (of those that remain on all night) will be converted to LED in six Essex areas.

The areas concerned are located in parts of:

• Stansted Mountfitchet

• Burnham Town

• Maldon Town

• Great Dunmow

• Saffron Walden

• Colchester Town

The Central Management System (CMS), devised by an Essex-based company, which controls all 127,000 streetlights across the county, will be used to help manage the scheme.

The system can automatically dim lights to compensate for their greater brightness compared with conventional streetlighting.

The CMS is the largest system of its kind in the world and puts Essex in a strong position to manage this form of lighting efficiently.

Councillor Rodney Bass, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation said: “LED streetlights are energy efficient and have lower maintenance costs as, reputedly, the units have a much longer life expectancy than conventional lights.

“LED lights improve visibility for drivers at night as the light emitted interacts with potential obstacles which makes them clearer to see. They also cut glare as the light is directed downward onto the roadway, reducing the amount hitting the driver’s eyes.”

Installation of the pilot LED streetlights is expected to commence early in the New Year and will use quality lighting units sourced from a UK-based supplier. Completion of the installation is targeted for the end of March.

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