Borough-wide LED lighting upgrade underway

Published: Friday 29th September 17

Street lamps across the borough are being replaced with energy-efficient LED lights.

One of the lights in situ near the Rose Centre, Battersea

The replacement programme, which started this month, will see almost 16,000 lightbulbs replaced. It will cost £4.3m but is expected cut £400,000 a year off the council’s electricity bill, plus savings in bulb replacement costs. Over 25 years, Wandsworth is expected to save £11m.

The borough-wide programme follows a successful trial last year. Bulb replacement across the whole borough is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The lights use around 50 per cent less energy, have lower running costs and last an average of 25 years, compared to about six years for traditional bulbs. They are designed to produce the same lighting levels as the existing bulbs, but are able to be dimmed on residential roads while still remaining bright enough for roads to remain safe.

The council’s community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This project will deliver savings for our council tax payers, reduce our carbon footprint and deliver better lighting, so it’s win-win.

“We feel the time is right for this project because LED technology has come on in leaps and bounds recently. We’re confident our new street lights will be cost-effective while keeping our roads safe and well-lit.”

If you spot a broken street light, you can report it online

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Recent comments

...so where (or when) do we see the Council's responses to the many good points made here? A number of the comments seem to indicate the lighting design requires review as stray lighting is causing hassle, indicating that energy is being wasted on allowing light to shine where it is not wanted.
Martin Howe

11 October 2017

We have a Street light directly outside our window in Little India and the new light is far too bright. The white light is not only brighter but much more intense than the previous yellow glow. Can a baffle be added to prevent light pollution into bedrooms or the lighting level dimmed? Is there a contact at the council to discuss further?
Emily Rix

5 October 2017

These lights are terrible! We have one outside our bedroom window and despite black out blinds, the room is light up like a football pitch at night (the light creeps in round the edges of the blind). Extremely disruptive and apparently LED light disrupts sleep patterns. Can these be turned lower at night and/or tilted away from bedroom windows? Who to approach at the council?
SB

4 October 2017

LED lighting is often quite harsh and over bright. The existing orange lights on residential streets like mine do the job. If LED lights replace them to save money, they will over illuminate and will be an eyesore (literally). Hope the light from them is directed downwards, otherwise many more residents may have sleepless nights suffering from light pollution and many more budding astronomers in the borough will not be able to see a thing.
GEORGE LOBLEY

3 October 2017

I am not a fan of the new lighting. It has made all the roads on the Patmore Estate and along Wandsworth Road so much darker and it make you feel unsafe. I am all for energy saving lighting and money saving ideas, but I am not happy with the results. Is there any way to turn the lights up so that we feel safer?
Ms V Forrest

3 October 2017

The lights are very harsh and bright. Hopefully if the security cameras are working they will catch some fly tippers!
Anna

2 October 2017

this should of been done years ago, also why are estates blocks still using timers? the amount of time i have spent on the phone to tell them the communal lights are burning all day and off at night. ive said a 100 times before, its 2017 get photo sensors. no more setting timers no more robbing tenants for electricity that's wasted. it would seem this future proof long term saving idea is too complicated for the council.
mike

2 October 2017

I would like to echo John Whitney's comment about the new LED lighting. As an urban astronomer light pollution is a real curse, but can still live side by side with sensible (downward) lighting using full cut-off street lights and minimising or having limited hours of upwards 'vanity' lighting for monuments and buildings etc. Unfortunately for us lovers of the wonders of the night sky, LED lighting can bring an extra curse, as the wavelengths of light emitted by these lights cover a much wider range of frequencies, whereas the older style lighting such as sodium lights were able to be mitigated with special light pollution filters. I just hope the new LEDs are introduced alongside sensible lighting design.
Martin Howe

1 October 2017

Really delighted to read about the sculptures at Battersea Power Station. So good to see interesting and challenging contemporary sculpture in a public space in Wandsworth.
Jane Pike

1 October 2017

Dear sir/madam For a couple of years now the numbers have been asking about the broken bridge lights to Wandsworth Bridge. We have been given various dates for the repair/replacement of these lights. With the advent of the new LED lights replacements will there be space in the budget to include the lights Wandsworth Bridge? We seem to be the only dark and unlit bridge on the Thames! I would very much appreciate it and update. Your sincerely Kieron
Kieron

30 September 2017

Dear sir/madam For a couple of years now the numbers have been asking about the broken bridge lights to Wandsworth Bridge. We have been given various dates for the repair/replacement of these lights. With the advent of the new LED lights replacements will there be space in the budget to include the lights Wandsworth Bridge? We seem to be the only dark and unlit bridge on the Thames! I would very much appreciate it and update. Your sincerely Kieron
Kieron

30 September 2017

Where will the £11 million of savings go?
Chris

29 September 2017

Works installing these around the Doddington Estate, Battersea have made for a stronger whiter light that is directed more down to the ground and not out to the sides and upwards. This is much better for lamps close to blocks of flats like mine but there is still some light dispersal but not as undirected and orange as before. But not all the lamppost have been converted. Not sure why?
John Whitney

29 September 2017

Will they be designed so that the light is focused downwards rather than upwards? We ought to make it a priority to reduce light pollution. when introducing new lighting.
L Cross

29 September 2017

I have not had one good sleep since you installed these bright white lights up Cedars road. I am in a grade two listed building and the windows cannot take curtains. the broad spectrum white light is keeping residents awake.
Benjamin Ching

29 September 2017