Kirklees Council have recently completed the installation of its first energy efficient subway lighting system. The final solution, a retrofit unit fitted into each housing, reduced the energy consumption of the lights by 70%.
The new system was designed by senior lighting engineer and company director William Robson. "The brief was to provide a solution which would lower energy consumption, costs and carbon emissions whilst giving better light distribution within the subway tunnel," commented Robson. "We kept installation costs low by installing retrofit LED units into the old housings and used lens technology to give the subway brighter, more uniform illumination."
Subway systems are almost always a pressing matter for any local authority as the need for them to be well lit, usually around the clock, is absolutely crucial to public safety. As a result of the constant power demand involved in running a pedestrian subway many councils are taking the logical step of reducing running costs by installing energy efficient lighting.
Kirklees Council take their commitment to combat climate change very seriously and have many initiatives in place, including signatory involvement with the Covenant of Mayors. With some very ambitious carbon and energy reduction targets to hit, the Council is working tirelessly to make this happen.
The retrofit of the subway system not only reduces carbon emissions and power consumption by 70% but is estimated to pay for itself within four years through energy savings alone. Andy Bullen, Senior Street Lighting Engineer at Kirkless Council commented, "I'm really pleased with the results, I think it looks great.”
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