Street Lighting Replacement Programme content Work starts this week on a two year programme of fitting more than 18,000 new white LED lights across Dundee at a cost of £4.8m. The first area where residents will see cherry pickers used to remove old light heads to be replaced with the new ones on the same pole will be in Ardler, with Downfield and St Marys to follow throughout spring and early summer. Dundee has more than 24,000 streetlights which use around 8.9GWh of power a year at a cost of £1.2 million. These lights also emit 3980 tonnes of CO2. As well as helping to meet carbon reduction targets the new LED lights will also reduce running costs. Installation and maintenance of street lighting in the city is undertaken by a partnership between Dundee City Council and Tayside Contracts. LED street lighting technology is now common, and manufacturers have invested heavily in its development. Spares and maintenance components for older types of lighting are therefore becoming harder to source. The benefits of using LED street lighting include: Up to 70% reduction in energy usage; future proofing the council’s assets; lights can be dimmed overnight with a corresponding decrease in energy use; longer lifespan and a reduced likelihood of faults – a reduction in maintenance costs; better quality of light (more like daylight) improving visibility and colour recognition on the street; and decreased light pollution into homes and gardens by directing light onto the road and pavement. Installation of LED street lighting is a positive change for most residents but it can take some time to get used to it. You can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01382 433063. Report a Street Lighting Issue Frequently Asked Questions Why does my street seem more brightly lit? Some of Dundee’s streets still have the old orange type lighting, which doesn't meet current standards and they need to be replaced to bring them up to recommended levels. The LED lighting project will do this and increase light levels while still providing energy savings, in contrast to the old lights, which were not energy efficient. Installation of LED street lighting is a positive change for most residents but it can take some time to get used to it. Why does my street seem darker since LED lights were fitted? LEDs produce white light and the standards require the levels to be slightly reduced to prevent glare or dazzle. They are also manufactured and fitted to help reduce light pollution, ensuring the footpaths and roads are well lit but avoiding an intrusion of light into people's homes and gardens. The sole function of street lighting is to light the road to ensure we meet our duty of care to road and footpath users. Installation of LED street lighting is a positive change for most residents but it can take some time to get used to it. If you want to save money, why don't you turn the lights down during the night when there are less people and fewer vehicles around? We want to ensure that roads remain lit at all times, however, in order to ensure that the maximum cost savings and energy efficiency savings are realised the new LED lights will be fitted with technology that enables us to 'dim' them at certain times. This should not be perceptible to the human eye. Will there be any differences to the lighted area? Will I be disturbed by light shining though my window? Traditional street lighting tends to spread light in all directions, including upwards, which is very wasteful. The new lanterns will concentrate light downwards on the road and footpath areas and will reduce light pollution in surrounding areas such as homes and gardens. Why does the new LED light not shine on my driveway anymore? All street lighting that the council is responsible for is designed to light up the adopted road and pavement. The lighting of private property is the responsibility of the home owner or tenant. How will this work affect me? The straight forward replacement of the lanterns on your street should take around 15 minutes per light to complete. Sometimes additional work might be needed to repair the structure of a street lighting column or even replace it with a new one but in most cases only the light will be upgraded. Will I still be able to gain access to my property while the works are being carried out? We will make every effort to ensure that the road remains open while we work however there may be short periods when we need to stop traffic to protect the safety of the travelling public and our workforce. Please inform our staff on site should you have any issues. Will the street lights be switched off while the work is taking place? No. Due to the nature of the replacement works all lights will remain operational during the hours of darkness. Why is all this money being spent during a time of economic constraint? Why can't you just carry on repairing the lights? Many of the existing street lights rely on outdated technology and some need to be replaced. By investing now in new equipment which is more energy efficient and effective, long term savings can be made. Why aren't all 24,000 street lights being changed to LED? Around 5000 have already been changed and others replaced in the last few years with more efficient conventional lighting. Therefore it is not cost effective to spend more money converting these so early in their lifetime. Why don't all the street lights need replacing at the same time? The work is being done in phases over two years. To minimise disruption the programme is also being co-ordinated with other work. Will the project help save energy and reduce carbon emissions? Yes. In limited cases there may be a slight increase in the number of lighting columns on the road network but the lanterns used will be more efficient with better optical control so that they improve light to the roads and pavements. Improved control equipment will also help reduce wasted or misdirected light. Carbon emissions will also be reduced through the introduction of the LED technology combined with the ability to dim lighting levels at certain times. Due to the 20 year service life of LEDs compared to the four years of a conventional sodium lamp the need for maintenance will be reduced leading to a reduction in carbon emissions. How will I know when work is starting in my area? If your road is to benefit from the LED improvements, we will put up signs in advance. Information will be posted on our website about the location of forthcoming works and what has been completed to date. I live in a rural area on the edge of the city with no street lights - will there be new lights soon? There are no plans at present to install lighting in currently unlit locations. Order of Works by Area Ardler; Downfield / The Dales; St Mary's / Brackens / Clatto; Kirkton / Trottick / Sherbrook; Caird Park / Dalcalverhouse / Mill O'Mains; Fintry; Ballumbie; Douglas; Mid Craigie / Craigiebank / Craigie; West Ferry / Broughty Ferry / Barnhill / Balgillo; Woodside / Stobswell / Baxter Park / Springhill / Ladywell / Harbour; Fairmuir / The Glens / Hilltown / Law / Dudhope; Beechwood / Clement; Park / Whorterbank / Dryburgh / Lochee / Charleston / Menzieshill / Gowrie Park; Ninewells / Pentland / Ancrum / Blackness / Perth Road / Nethergate; and City Centre. Please note that this programme is only indicative and is subject to change.