Scilly’s Street Lighting Set To Change

hugh town from garrisonThe islands will soon be getting new, environmentally friendly LED street lighting.

Councillors at Thursday General Purposes meeting gave their approval for all new lamp columns to have the modern lights fitted.

Chief Technical Officer, Neville Gardner, says the new bulbs cost just under £16 a year to run, compared to £50 for a standard unit, and have a longer lifespan.

And while they cost more, they’ll pay for themselves in eight years.

Neville says the Council is just over halfway through a programme of replacing old light fittings and LED would be specified for new orders.

The lamps can also replace older fittings although a conversion kit is required for those. Neville felt it would be better to get experience with the new technology before doing that.

The light put out by LED lamps has slightly different qualities to traditional bulbs and if you want to see an example, there’s one on test behind Pier House in Hugh Town.