According to today’s news, the BBC have reported that councils in several areas of the UK are switching off or dimming street lights in an attempt to save money. The research, carried out by the Labour Party, found that authorities across the UK have been switching off street lighting after midnight, and that much of Britain was being ‘plunged into darkness’.
Councils were warned of huge financial challenges after the government grants were announced for next year, and are trying to save money on lighting in order to preserve core services such as social care and road maintenance.
Labour said 141 of the 150 English councils responsible for street lighting had responded to its survey, and a total of 106 councils were either switching off or dimming some lights at night.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has previously called for more councils to dim lights to “reduce the impact of light pollution”, and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has previously said that switching off street lights can save a “phenomenal amount of money” and cut crime.
But those in opposition have serious safety concerns. For example, the AA suggests that turning off street lights has contributed to car crashes and accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians.
Investment in Energy-Efficient LED Street Lights
In response to the trend of lights being switched off, the shadow local government secretary Hilary Benn said Labour would set councils’ budgets further in advance to allow them to plan ahead and install low-energy street lighting. He said: “Street lights ensure that people are safe on our roads and feel safe walking home, especially at this time of the year when the nights have drawn in.”
A number of local authorities are switching to energy-efficient LED street lights as an alternative to switching them off. The Labour Party’s Hilary Benn has suggested that instead of switching off street lights, councils should be investing in low-energy lighting as a means of saving money in the future.
Manufacturers and Suppliers of LED Street Lights
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