Lighting the way for North Herts

Published: 28 Feb 2018

Hertfordshire County Council is upgrading street lighting on B, C and unclassified (residential) roads and footpaths in North Herts to energy-efficient LEDs.

Work has started on the next phase of upgrade work following the successful installation of more than 60,000 LED streetlights already across the county.

LEDs not only use much less energy but also emit less CO2 than conventional lamps, helping to cut the county council’s carbon tax contribution.

This latest scheme of works across North Herts will take around five months and will mean the upgrade of more than 7,200 lights to energy-efficient LEDs on B, C and unclassified roads and footpaths.

The new lights will be controlled by a wireless Central Management System (CMS), which detects faulty lights and enables changes to be made to light settings with the flick of a switch at a central point. Therefore, many faults will be resolved before anyone notices.

This facility will allow light levels to be reduced between 11pm and 12 midnight, ready for part-night lighting that operates between 12 midnight – 6am (lights off). This operation is more economical and can easily be increased if more light is needed, for example in the event of an accident.

Ralph Sangster, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Upgrading our existing lights to this modern technology forms part of Hertfordshire County Council's ongoing commitment to maintain and improve roads for the benefit of all Hertfordshire residents. The new LEDs use much less energy than conventional streetlights, improve visibility for road users and can be controlled and monitored centrally, which in turn reduces costs.

“During the course of the works across North Herts, we aim to keep disruption to a minimum and where possible some of the work will be done during the night. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience.”

In total, we are spending £18.5m to upgrade street lights across the county. This will bring savings (energy, maintenance and carbon tax) of around £1.87m each year from the end of 2020 onwards.

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