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  • "Sadly this is typical PR-spin from from a councillor who doesn't understand what he's talking about. Its all stock phrases and cut-and-paste soundbites to make it sound like the council are doing the right thing. The trouble is that the current technological limitations of LEDs mean that the only way that LEDs can compete with conventional street lighting on energy efficiency is for them to be specified such that a significant proportion of the output is in the blue part of the light spectrum (that's why most LED street lights look bluey-white). Unfortunately blue light at night is environmentally damaging as its unnatural (blue light only exists during the day in the natural world) and numerous pieces of research have now begun to highlight the fact that this type of LED lighting can be damaging to humans and the ecosystems of other animals and plants. It also has a damaging effect on the atmosphere and sky glow. Not very 'eco-friendly' after all. The whole agenda is a mixture of greed and ignorance and isn't one which is being driven by the end-user - the poor residents who are having these highly-polluting LED street lights imposed on them by councils who haven't done their homework. A government-sponsored Royal Commission report in November 2009 warned the UK government not to move from narrow spectrum (sodium) lighting to broad spectrum (LED) lighting until the all possible environmental effects had been assessed. It is possible to specify LED street lighting with the blue content filtered out, but the energy efficiency drops off too and then the numbers don't stack up because LED lights cost about 3-4 times more than sodium lights and the lighting companies need to show energy savings to justify councils spending so much more on the new technology. The truth will eventually come out, but how much damage will have been done to human health and the environment before the legislation catches up? Don't believe me? Just Google 'LED street lighting / health'"
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Quedgeley charges ahead with 500 LED streetlights

Quedgeley charges ahead with 500 LED streetlights

Quedgeley charges ahead with 500 LED streetlights

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By Sarah Yates

MORE than 500 streetlights with more efficient and greener technology will soon be lighting the way to carbon savings.

Gloucestershire County Council is replacing streetlights in Quedgeley with LED technology which will significantly increase their life and improve quality of light.

The move will reduce the council’s energy use and with spiralling electricity costs, cut utility bills.

The work, starting on Tuesday, April 22, will take six weeks to complete carried out by the council’s maintenance contractor under its existing agreement to maintain street lighting.

There is no additional cost to the tax payer for installing the LED technology and 150 concrete columns will be replaced with galvanised steel columns which are guaranteed to last 40 years.

Reducing the costs of street lighting, having converted the lights in traffic signals and bollards to LED, the council is already doing all it can in a bid to cut carbon.

Part night lighting and dimming is taking place in areas safe to do so.

By the end of this year, it is hoped that 5,500 of the council’s 59,000 street lights will run using LED technology, saving 590 tonnes of carbon a year in energy emissions.

The new streetlights will be managed by a central system allowing the lights to be remotely dimmed or switched off for maintenance purposes.

Meaning that the county council will have a more accurate measurement of actual usage which will help to control or reduce its energy costs.

Councillor Vernon Smith, Cabinet member for highways said: “LED street lights can use up to 70% less energy than conventional sodium lights and cost less to maintain.

“They are more environmentally friendly, reducing light pollution as the light is directed downwards. The whiter light makes objects much easier to see, so people feel safer.”

Local County Councillor Mark Hawthorne said: “Local authorities up and down the country are starting to invest in LEDs because they are more efficient and they are better quality.

“I’m delighted to see this happening in my area and I am sure that local residents will be pleased when this work is complete.”

The council first trialled LED streetlights in Dursley in 2011, in 2012 more than 2000 street lights were converted across Cheltenham and Gloucester.

LED streetlights have also been introduced at Arle Court Park and Ride.

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