City’s 68,000 new street lights

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WHO cares about the dark nights when the streets of Sheffield are being lit up by new environmentally-friendly street lights.

Some 68,000 city street lights are in the process of being replaced by twinkling LED bulbs which provide a whiter and brighter light.

It is hoped the new lights will keep neighbourhoods safer - while saving the council money on its energy bills.

Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead team has been out and about installing the new bulbs for one of the most advanced street lighting systems in the world.

It is estimated the move will mean within five years Sheffield Council will reduce its street lighting energy bill by 40 per cent.

Coun Jack Scott, the council’s cabinet member for environment, recycling and street scene, said: “It is great to see the new energy efficient LED street lighting starting to be installed across the city.

“This lighting will provide many benefits for the whole city, such as creating safer and more attractive streets and making star-gazing easier.

“They will also give us the ability to better control our street lights. For example if there is a football match or a major event in the city, we will be able to increase the lighting levels before the match starts, reduce the level while the match or event is on, and then increase it again when fans leave.

“Once fully installed in five years’ time Sheffield will be the only city in Europe with a fully controllable LED street lighting system.

“Sheffield will also ‘disappear’ from the Peak District skyline as much less light will be lost into the night sky. The blue light is also a lot more pleasant than the bright orange.”

Subcontractors Amey are installing the system.

Chris Morris, Amey’s operations director, said: “We will be installing new state-of-the-art street lights across the city as part of our zonal approach to improving the city’s roads, pavements, bridges and street scene.

“Each of the 68,000 lights will meet current national street lighting guidance on positioning.”

Some lighting columns may be moved but residents will be consulted.