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Typically, a fifth of authorities’ energy bills are spent on street lighting.As a result of rising energy prices and likely future increases, local authorities are facing ever greater pressure to reduce their energy use and, at the same time, meet their carbon reduction targets

Unlike much of the local authority energy bill, street lighting energy consumption can be more easily controlled and reduced.

Improved street lighting can reduce the fear of crime and accidents  

Simply switching street lights off is not an option as it fuels the fear of crime, accidents, the costs of any associated damage claims and can create unhealthy ‘no-go areas’ within communities.
Independent reports confirm that improved street lighting reduces the number of night-time accidents by 45% on average. 

Optimising Well-being

The impact of lighting on spaces in the local environment can maximise Well-being by stimulating social interaction and strengthening social networks through lighting designs that reflect residents’ priorities for outdoor sports facilities and community gardens.

People feel safe in an environment where they can perceive colour correctly and distinguish facial features easily.  Resident feedback suggests overwhelming support for newly installed “white-light” lighting schemes with particularly increased perception of improved night time road safety and sense of personal security.Increasingly local authorities are looking at their energy bills and ways to reduce and control usage

What can authorities do about it?
Local authorities increasingly want greater control over their lighting usage
More modular LED designs are now available which require minimal maintenance and incorporate components which are upgradable in the future.

Intelligent management systems, such as SSE’s Mayflower Complete Lighting Control system, give authorities extensive monitoring of, and greater control over, their street lighting.  These facilities enable authorities to future proof the management of their street lighting assets.

This technology creates lighting designs that reflect residents’ priorities by maximising well-being, boosting the night-time economy and creating a safer night-time environment. Smart authorities are increasingly choosing to switch from traditional street lighting to LED units and intelligent management systems

  • SSE’s solutions can work for your authority
  • SSE is a strong UK-based company
  • SSE is a FTSE100 energy company and the most successful street lighting contractor in the UK, currently maintaining over 1.5 million street lights.  Key customers include local authorities in Hampshire, Southampton, West Sussex, Nottingham and Knowsley.

SSE understands that no two local authorities have the same issues.  SSE is keen to work jointly with its customers to find the particular range of new technology solutions which will most effectively meet their specific set of needs. SSE draws on its wealth of experience in the street lighting markets to deliver bold solutions that will use the latest technology to improve the flexibility and management of authorities’ streetlighting assets.

Fit and Forget

Our solutions reduce energy usage, save money and, by utilising the latest developments in ‘Fit and Forget’ lamp and flexible control technology, provide long term solutions. SSE is not an equipment supplier or consultant and does not promote any particular lantern manufacturer and can, therefore, more effectively tailor its solutions to its customers’ requirements.

Invest to Save

SSE is an energy company and not a bank, however, our market experience enables us fully to understand the funding options which are most suited to an authority. SSE is prepared to enter into Invest to Save projects with energy savings used to pay for initial capital investment.
You need a partner that has a proven track record working with leading authorities and getting the most from the available funding

Written by Scott Buckler
Monday, 16 April 2012 15:03


0 #1 MrAndrew Baker 2012-04-19 08:48
Harrow council recently reviewed its street lighting policy to address the need to reduce energy consumption. see -,%20Wednesday%2004-Apr-2012%2019.30,%20Cabinet.pdf?T=10

Adoption of LED lighting has allowed lighting levels in residential roads to be reduced to Class S3/S4.

Light dimming (by 50%) during the early hours of the morning has also been adopted.

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