Burn bridges

PUBLISHED: 11:01 28 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

I AM a lighting designer, active on a number of committees of the Institution of Lighting Engineers and also a committee member in the Campaign for Dark Skies. Cllr Bass should be applauded for grasping the initiative for energy saving in Essex. However,

I AM a lighting designer, active on a number of committees of the Institution of Lighting Engineers and also a committee member in the Campaign for Dark Skies.

Cllr Bass should be applauded for grasping the initiative for energy saving in Essex. However, the methodology leaves much to be desired. There is evidence as to the

benefits of street lighting but converting lights wholesale to part night operation is akin to burning one's bridges.

Far more sensible would have been to change over to modern remote monitoring solutions which would have allowed the switching regime he is proposing but combined with an ability to instantly switch the lights back on if required as well as operating alternative solutions.

Though more expensive than the current part night program, payback would still have been very quick. See www.ile.org.uk for more information.

Parsonage Lane

Albury

Herts

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