*** ORANGE SODIUM STREETLIGHT REPLACEMENT PROGRAMME UPDATE ***
Transport for Buckinghamshire is continuing its county-wide streetlight replacement programme with old style sodium lanterns being replaced with the more environmentally friendly and longer lasting Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) lanterns.
Low pressure Sodium lamps have been widely used since the 1960s but have gone out of favour in recent years as their running costs are relatively high, compared with LED technology, and the quality of light poor.
Old style lamps, which are recognisable for their deep orange colour are found mostly in residential areas, often mounted on telegraph poles, Swallow Street for example.
If you have reported an old style lamp as faulty to Buckinghamshire County Council and have received a reply saying the enquiry is closed yet the repair has not been undertaken, please see their explanation below:
‘We are not just replacing the lanterns with LED units for this project. Instead all of the apparatus installed on the electricity pole.
A total of 344 pole mounted units are being converted across the county with 130 completed so far, works commenced in September.
In a few of the locations, the poles themselves, which belong to the electricity company have been found to have defects which prevent their further use. The electricity company will need to replace these before we can continue or at the very least provide us with a method of connecting a street light. We were going to move into the SSE area (which covers Iver) but SSE have advised that no work can be commenced until the 25th February. This has put a delay on the project.
Due to the delay, we are carrying out repair to those units that are not working as an interim measure.
There are also a small number of columns in the Iver area that will need to be replaced to enable the installation of LED equipment and these are being carried out in the new financial year.’