The Parish Council is considering changing the streetlights from the current sodium and mercury units to low energy LED’s. A rural community such as Great Addington is not expected to illuminate every square metre of pavement, but when walking in the village pedestrians should, at all times, be able to see a well lit area ahead of them as a guide. A consultant has advised that with this criteria in mind six of our existing lights could be redundant. They propose that the six should be removed entirely and not replaced. The six lights are located at ……
No.1 Outside Pearl Cottage, Lower Street No. 3 Opposite Nene View, Lower Street No. 8 Outside 6, Manor Close No. 14 Opposite Carler's Farm, Main Street No. 21 Outside The Cairns, Cranford Road No. 24 Corner of Rushwell Close / Cranford Road.
Please let the Parish Council know if you have any strong views on this proposal.
By not replacing these lights the total cost of the project would be reduced by £4000 from approximately £18,000 to £14,000 and the future bill for electricity supply would be reduced by £100 per year.
The Council needs to take action because
- The current streetlamps use mercury and sodium. Two harmful substances that will be phased out due to problems with their safe disposal. Additionally, replacing them with low energy LED’s gives a better light quality AND saves money in the long term. The majority of towns and villages in Northamptonshire whose streetlights are operated by The County Council have already changed to LED’s. You will have seen them (along the road from Crow Hill ?) and we hope you will have seen the advantages.
- Some of our streetlights are mounted on concrete columns with steel top sections and some are on aluminium posts. We are advised that these columns do not meet current safety standards and need to be replaced.
Reducing carbon footprint
LED street lights use 40-80% less electricity and have at least 5 times the life expectancy compared to regular High Pressure Sodium fixtures.
LED street lamps are very directional and the light output is much more evenly distributed. The light emitted from the LED lamp is directed downwards, spread throughout the entire area it covers.
LED street lights last much longer than conventional lamps (3 to 8 times longer). This results in less expense in replacing the lights themselves and also the labour to replace the lamp is needed less often.
Because the light is carefully distributed exactly where it is meant to go there is little light wasted by illuminating the night sky. This also dramatically reduces light pollution, which affects the mood of human beings, navigation in birds and insects, mating behavior in animals and flowering in plants.
Natural light spectrum
LED street lamps render more natural light than the yellow of sodium lamps or green of fluorescent streetlights so displaying the natural colors of illuminated objects.