Reducing the number of street lights left on at night, when vehicles and pedestrians are not present
We know that we need to reduce the environmental impact of street lighting in Somerset.
Our street lighting reduction project aims to reduce the number of street lights we leave on during the hours of darkness, when vehicles and pedestrians are least likely to be present.
We have consulted with a group of parishes across Somerset to agree some test areas for the project, and will take the following approaches to reduce street lighting in Somerset
We have won external funding from the South West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership, which will fund the conversion of street lamps to part night operation in selected parishes.
This project will help us to
1. Reduce our carbon footprint
The Council operates 48,000 street lamps and 6,000 illuminated bollards and signs. This equates to approximately 12,000 tonnes of CO2.
2. Reduce light pollution
Satellite data indicates that light pollution increased by 20% in Somerset between 1993 and 2000, showing that light pollution is on the rise. The impacts of light pollution in addition to wasting energy include:
Street lighting in the following areas will not be affected by part night lighting
When full time night lighting will be reinstated
We will monitor the effects of part-night lighting and review whether any lights may need to be switched back to full time lighting at night. The most likely reasons for changing lights will be
Monitoring will continue after this period to ensure that any problems are identified and appropriate action is taken.
Full-time night lighting will not be re-instated in the following cases:
Energy Saving Trust
The Carbon Trust
International Dark Sky Association
British Astronomical Association
Bats and Lighting Research Project
The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution – Artificial Light in the Environment
Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Dark Skies
Reduction of street lighting frequently asked questions
Part night street lighting comment form
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