street lights get an led makeover - independent.ie

by:SEEKING     2020-05-31
The Wexford County Council has begun an ambitious plan to replace about 14,000 bulbs and the surrounding \"lanterns\" with LED bulbs in county street lights \".
Although the programme has cost the council 5 million euros in the region, energy savings will be around 800,000 euros per year.
Gorey\'s main street lights have been renovated, and street lights in other parts of the county have been renovated.
The committee said it would replace about 1,300 lights this year.
David Minogue, a communications officer, said that we expect to replace 2,500 vehicles a year over the next five years, which will effectively replace all of our lighting products with LED.
He explained that the old 200 W \"son\" lights were being replaced by 120 W and 80 w led lights, when the 135-watt \"sock light\" and the 150-watt \"lantern light\" bulbs are replaced with 80-watt and 120-watt LED.
\'We are replacing the whole lantern, not just the light bulb itself, \'said David.
The existing life of Sabans and son bulbs is two years.
The expected life of LED accessories is 15 years.
Now that the socks lights are out of date, only one company produces socks lights that cost about € 65.
The project will be funded primarily by the council\'s own resources and will be supplemented with some grant assistance.
Energy conservation will account for 69 of the region\'s current energy consumption.
This will lead to nearly 4 energy saving per year.
5 million a year.
As agreed by the special Policy Committee on Housing, Community and environment, the council\'s energy policy was approved by the Council of the whole at its most recent monthly meeting.
In addition to upgrading public lighting, some houses are planned to be renovated, and the solar panels on the roof of the Wexford County Council building will provide electricity to the building.
Cllr Byrne welcomed the policy as a positive development, but added that it was important to set clear, measurable goals.
John Carley, director of services, said they are considering zero-energy housing and energy-efficient public lighting.
Senior engineer Gerry Forde said they are also working on energy-efficient transportation and are working on a pilot program for electric vehicles.
Cllr Oliver Walsh praised all those involved in writing the policy, saying it would pay dividends in the future.
Cllr Pip Breen agreed, but added that the field of agriculture should also be inspected and IFA should also be consulted, saying that the EU seems to think that cows should be held accountable for environmental issues!
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