Friday 22 March 2019

Camolin set to be lit up in a whole new way

Installation of five poles for the new LED street lighting in Camolin
Installation of five poles for the new LED street lighting in Camolin

Sara Gahan

Preparations are under way this week to accommodate five new LED energy saving street lights in Camolin village, an ambitious programme from Wexford County Council who received €5.5 million in funding to replace the old street lights.

Pat Collins, from Wexford County Council, said ducting has begun for five LED lights but over the next two months all of the public lighting in Camolin change to LED.

The Council received the funding from Transport Infrastructure Ireland to switch lighting on National Primary routes in county Wexford in 2018, including Camolin, Ferns, N25 to New Ross and two approach roads to Enniscorthy from the N11.

Though the programme is costing the council in the region of €5 million, the energy bill savings will clock in at around €800,000 per year.

Gorey's Main Street public lights have already had their makeover. The council said it will replace around 1,300 lights this year.

The old 200W 'son' lights are being replaced with 120W and 80W LED lights, while the 135W 'sox lanterns' and 150W 'lantern son' bulbs are being replaced with 80W and 120W LED.

The Council are changing the entire lanterns, not just the bulb. The existing lifespan of a sox and son bulb is in the region of two years. The expected lifespan of an LED fitting is 15 years. Sox lanterns are now obsolete and only one company manufactures the sox bulb which costs around €65.

The project is primarily funded from the Council's own resources, supplemented with some grant aid. The energy savings will be in the region 69 per cent of the energy expended at present.

This will result in an annual energy saving of almost 4.5 million KW a year.

Enniscorthy Guardian