Subways of Chester
In 2011 Carbon Reduction Technology Ltd (CRT) celebrated the success of their new LED subway illumination system. The first installation in Chester showed an incredible 95% reduction in energy consumption after a three month trial.
In January 2011 Cheshire West, Chester Council and CRT undertook energy saving trials with a new LED lighting technology for pedestrian subways. The trials were successfully completed and savings of more than 95% recorded for the first quarter, offering a significant reduction of carbon emissions/energy consumption. Following this resounding success, the new subway system was extended to all subways throughout the City.
The original subway lighting system consisted of 2x40 Watt fluorescent lamps burning 24hrs a day. The new system consisted of a retrofit of 1x24watt LED units, activated via several motion sensors located along the subway when accessed by a pedestrian. The cost effectiveness of the system is further enhanced by its low installation cost which is easily retro-fitted into existing subway lighting units.