Dublin plans £70m ‘smart’ LED roll-out

DUBLIN CITY Council has unveiled ambitious plans to convert 40,000 of the city’s street lights to LED in a £70 million (€80 million, US$ 90 million) roll-out.

Dublin is famous for its ornate Georgian cast street lights which feature shamrocks, foliage, tendrils, crests and even seahorses. Pic: Frank W. Peters via FlickrMedia Commons 2005

It will also explore the options for a central management system with so-called ‘smart city’ capabilities and applications and replace 120 columns with heritage luminaires to original designs.

The proposals – which have been approved by DCC councillors – have now gone out to tender.

A masterplan aims to bring uniformity and consistency to the technology type, colour temperature and luminaire design across the Irish capital.

Dublin is famous for its ornate Georgian cast street lights. However, some are missing and have been replaced with street lights from more modern periods.

The plan is to bring these back using the original designs and, if possible, the original tooling.

Areas getting replica luminaires include College Green, Merrion Square, Gardiner Street and the quays along the River Liffey, said a council spokesperson. 

The ornate bracketry features shamrocks, foliage, tendrils, crests and even seahorses.

The council says it wants to maintain and enhance the character of heritage areas especially along Dublin’s two canals, the Royal Canal and the Grand Canal.

The designs include the original ‘Balintine’ and ‘Cuffe Street’ models. The heritage element of the upgrade is expected to take 12 months to complete, says the council. 

The local authority is also considering complementary lighting projects in ‘urban villages’ as well as bridge lighting, Christmas lighting, and building facade lighting. 


  • Learn more about LED street lighting control at LuxLive 2019 taking place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2019 at ExCeL London. Entry is free - see more information and register for your free place HERE.



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