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The Light Fantastic
Tuesday 28th July, 2009

The Light Fantastic
Before and after shots of the street-lighting on Aughton Street, Hindley.

Residents of a Hindley street are glowing with satisfaction after cutting-edge new street lighting brought them out of the shadows.

Folk living on Aughton Street are now basking in the limelight because Wigan Council’s pulled the plug on their tired old yellow street lamps and replaced them with a new concept of street lighting. This initiative is in line with Wigan Council’s commitment to save energy and reduce C02 emissions whilst providing quality street lighting performance. The trial has involved the replacement of the existing lights with an LED type. The existing lighting columns remained in their present locations, but have been given a facelift to improve how they look in the daytime.

Working with Tipton-based street-lighting firm Indal/WRTL the council has replaced the existing Sodium lamps with state-of-the-art LED ones all the way along Aughton Street and adjacent cul – de sacs as part of a trial.

The new white lights make it easier to see and be seen on the street at night.
To prove the point the Street Lighting Team carried out a survey of the residents after the new lights were switched on.

Before the LED lights were introduced no-one who responded to the survey said they were satisfied with the situation, yet after the white lights came on this rose to an impressive 83 per cent.

Of these, 87 per cent were very satisfied with the new lighting levels, 83 per cent liked the colour and 91 per cent like the daytime appearance and colour of the re-furbished street lighting columns.

The new lights not only provide high quality lighting performance– they’re also greener and more cost-effective as well. They take less maintenance, for example, no requirement to exchange lamps, and take no time to warm up unlike the old high intensity discharge lights.

The lights are also being trialled in other areas of the borough such as Tyldesley and Orrell and they are poised to play an important role in future street-lighting installations at appropriate locations.

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for the Environment Cllr David Molyneux says: “The new lights make an incredible difference and it really is something you have to see to believe.

“The quality of the light is such that you can make out very fine details during the hours of darkness, such as colours facial recognition and the details of cars and other objects.”

Cllr Molyneux adds: “We believe the quality of light has a direct impact on how safe people feel and it’s clear from the results of the survey that people now feel a lot more secure.

“We chose this street for the trial because the existing lights were approaching the end of their lifespan, but based on the success of this scheme the council will be looking to introduce more in the future.”

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