Residents lose battle against Trafford LED upgrade

A local authority whose LED streetlight upgrade was delayed by concerned local residents has given the go-ahead for the installation of energy-efficient lighting.

Trafford Council’s decision to upgrade 26,000 streetlights was stalled by six months after residents claimed the installation of LEDs could disrupt sleeping patterns and cause health problems.

Concerns about the LED upgrade arose when a resident, Simon Nicholas, complained that the council had not properly consulted local people on the change, and warned of the potential dangers of LED lighting with a high blue content and excessive glare.

To assuage residents’ fears, the council commissioned an independent health report that looked into the impact of LEDs in residential areas, and last week councillors agreed to go ahead, stating that the upgrade will give ‘value for money’.

A report from the meeting read: ‘The option of LED luminaires combined with a central management solution provides the best solution in terms of carbon reduction, maintenance and energy saving.’

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