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Eco street lights set for Brighton and Hove trial
New eco-friendly lights are set to be trialled as part of a bid to slash Brighton and Hove’s energy output by nearly half.
They will be installed in street lamps in Brighton and Hove, despite some residents fearing they will be too dark.
Leaflets posted through doors in trial areas including Coombe Road, Brighton, have pictures of what |the lights will look like before and after.
But the letter, sent by the council’s street-lighting team, said: “It is not indicative of the final result.”
One resident told The Argus: “It is quite worrying.
“Coombe Road is already quite dark and these images suggest that the street is only going to get darker – I hope that this is not the case.”
The lightbulbs are also set to be installed in lamps in Montpellier Road, Brighton.
Brighton and Hove City Council said: “LED lights are being trialled in Coombe Road after a discussion with the local action team.
“The trial will increase the number of lamp-posts from 15 to 22 and will also result in a drop in running costs from £517 to £442 per year, despite there being seven more columns.
“Carbon emissions will also drop by 14.5%.
“Overall we are looking at making carbon and energy savings of between 40% and 45% across the city as a whole.
“It depends on the level of work being undertaken to each street.
“Coombe Road is only a 14.5% reduction due to the increase in the number of columns, but Montpelier Road to Seven Dials will produce savings of almost 70%.
“White lighting is also being installed across the city in many different locations, which is brighter, more energy efficient and cheaper.
“You can see examples of white light areas on London Road, The Drive, Elm Grove, Stanford Avenue, Preston Drove and Surrenden Road.
“In some areas it will be dimmed between midnight and 6am depending on the locations – the north end of London Road for example will be dimmed – but it won’t be dimmed towards the city centre where there is more footfall.
“All lighting is subject to a full lighting design and is in accordance with recommended guidance.”
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