The 100-year old street lights going LED

EIGHT 100-year-old street lights in central London are set to enter the 21st century when they are fitted with LED light sources in the coming weeks.

The work involves stripping each column down, installing new strengthening bars, repairing imperfections, replacing the lantern bowl and lights and repainting the columns to restore them to their former glory.

The historic columns, located in the shopping and business district along Tottenham Court Road, will be restored and upgraded to accommodate the energy-efficient LED modules as part of a wider project to upgrade infrastructure in the area.

The £35 million West End Project was awarded to Eurovia, who will deliver improvements to the heart of Camden’s busy West End, providing safer, greener and more attractive streets for residents and visitors.

The restoration of street lighting columns is being undertaken by its subcontractor, Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann. The work involves stripping each column down, installing new strengthening bars, repairing imperfections, replacing the lantern bowl and lights and repainting the columns to restore them to their former glory.

The award of the work follows on from McCann’s recent street lighting works on The Mall and Constitution Hill.

McCann’s area manager Steve Ellis told Lux: ‘The West End Project is a landmark moment for Camden Borough, with significant investment pumped into the infrastructure of the area to make it even more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.

‘We’ve worked on LED lighting installation and maintenance projects across the country and we are delighted to be installing the latest in energy efficient LED lighting technology in Camden to keep the Borough lit for many decades to come.’


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Dear Sirs, I have seen some very bad LED street lighting applications and some which are excellent. As in all types of business, people will always remember the one installation in 100 which is wrong and ignore the 99 others which are perfect. However, there should not be one installation which is not perfect when people have to live with the imperfections. LED lighting will not rectify the faults in the original lighting system design but it will go a long way to minimising them. The benefits of replacing traditional street lighting with LEDS are simple. LEDS use much less energy, they last much longer than traditional lighting, and maintenance costs are greatly reduced. These benefits are increased by the quality, colour and controllability of LED light being much more accurate than the light they replace and there are other technology benefits, too. However, one installation in particular which I have seen to replace comparatively new street lights, ignores the benefits of LED lighting in so much as it looks obvious the energy savings were the deciding factor above all else which made the council install them. The result is inadequate lighting which is duller than the original street lighting and poor light distribution which poses a security risk and possible danger to the residents at night. In fact, all the reasons the public are against councils switching off street lighting reappear at additional cost. The savings benefits of LEDS having the same equivalent light output as their conventional predecessors are enough, without reducing the light output to make more savings, at the risk of not providing a suitable service. The ultimate savings are achieved by having no street lighting at all and in this case, it looks like the energy consumption was the only consideration. Unfortunately, whether or not the street lighting is fit for purpose was not considered. Anyone looking at LED street lighting for the first time could wrongly assume this is how all replacement LED street lighting looks, and it does the industry no good whatsoever. All for the sake of comparing price and consumption savings without considering the practicalities of the application. This is a perfect example of how contractors should not sell their services and councils should be more aware of what they are buying. What's the use of a vehicle which does 1,000's of miles to the gallon if the wheels will not turn?

I just hope they get the colour temperature right and dont make them too white and bright . There is nothing like LED's to destroy the ambiance of an area . If the idea is to save money there is no reason why they cannot match to the originals . Lets wait and see . I have noticed that people are becoming more and more vocal about the impact of LED street lights . The people specifying need to remember that they are dealing with people and not a spreadsheet .

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