Older public lighting LED replacement delays due to some ‘technical issues’

By Maurice Garvey

PUBLIC lights installed before the early 1990s, are at the back of the list to be replaced under a countywide LED upgrade programme.

South Dublin County Council say “technical issues” exist with older public lighting stock.

Greenhills Road LED 1 

The local authority will continue an LED upgrade with lamps installed after the early 1990s, as technical issues with older public lighting stock “would delay the programme for this year.”

SDCC are replacing low energy lamps with more efficient/energy saving LED lights.

A new public lighting scheme was piloted at Greenhills Road in late 2014, at a cost of €290,000 – increasing visibility and reducing energy consumption by 59 per cent.

Council chiefs hope the rollout of the programme across the county will meet energy-saving targets of 33 per cent by 2020.

The first phase of the programme in 2015, saw over 400 lanterns replaced in villages at Lucan, Palmerstown, Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Rathfarnham and Templeogue, and over 650 lanterns replaced in residential areas across the county.

A report at the monthly council meeting on Monday by the public lighting department revealed proposals to upgrade “800 to 900 fittings” in the county this year.

New LED fittings are scheduled to be installed at Bancroft/St Maelruains/ Tallaght Village, Westbourne/ Castlegrange/ Grangeview in Clondalkin, Foxborough/Abbeywood in Lucan, Daletree/Wood Dale/Oakdale in Templeogue, and Woodfield/Orlagh in Rathfarnham.

SDCC have “endeavoured to spread the upgrade equally between each electoral area – also taking into account upgrades installed in late 2015.”

A SDCC spokesperson said: “Due to technical issues with our older PL stock, which would delay the programme for this year, we have chosen PL schemes that were installed in the early 1990s and later.

“Residential housing estates have been chosen due to ease of traffic management, thereby increasing the number of fittings we can upgrade during this period. Estates are chosen with a low tree population/ maturity, since trees cannot be co-located with these fittings.”

The upgrade has been organised to commence at the borders of electoral areas and proceed geographically inwards.

 

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