Cyprus city plans $2.5m LED streetlight project

In Cyprus, the city of Nicosia plans to invest $2.5 million toward replacing its existing streetlights with energy efficient LED types.

The city issued a tender for the replacement of its 7,295 conventional street lamps with LED streetlights under efforts to reduce its energy costs by 50%.

According to a local publication, the streetlights will be connected to a Geographic Information System and will be controlled remotely in line with weather conditions and the status of the grid network.

The replacement of the streetlights is expected to start with a pilot in the second half of 2018.

Through the use of the LEDs, Nicosia municipality is expecting to reduce costs incurred in maintenance of its streetlights due to the long-life span nature of LED streetlights.

The US town of Esopus in New York state announced its plans to install LEDs to reduce its streetlight bills by 65% from the current $6,300 per month. [Pennsylvania city installs LED streetlights to reduce energy costs].

Streetlights project denial

Meanwhile, Rome’s decision to replace its famous yellow sodium-vapor streetlights with LED lamps is facing strong opposition by some Roman citizens.

According to the Mother Nature Network, roughly 100,000 bulbs have been replaced, half the total number of bulbs that the city plans to retire and replace with LEDs.

Mayor Virginia Raggi, who is leading the push for energy conservation expects that the retrofits will save millions in energy expenditures.

However, the 48 million euro scheme has faced strong opposition who are of the opinion that the new LEDs are killing the city’s gentle golden glow that visitors to Rome have come to expect the Eternal City to be filled with – romance, intrigue, hideous traffic and streetlights that evoke an intimate, candlelit dinners.

“Illumination is atmosphere. They are assassins of the beauty of Rome, of its history,” municipal council member Nathalie Naim tells the Times in reference to the decision makers at City Hall. “I don’t want to make this personal, but these horrible lights, mamma mia!”

Advances in LED technology are reported to be yielding have yielded warmer-colored options (less blue wavelengths, lower color temperature) that don’t necessarily cast the offensive white glare associated with early energy-efficient lighting.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.