Cork County Council through its Public Lighting Maintenance Contractor, SSE Airtricity Utility Solutions, has undertaken a project which has upgraded the public lighting infrastructure on all of the seven inhabited islands off the County Cork Coastline to the most up to date technology in Public Lighting type, LED lighting.
The installation of LED lighting will offer long-term benefits to island residents, by providing suitable lighting and reducing the frequency of maintenance interventions, as LED lights are more enduring that the traditional lighting types. It will also help to reduce the carbon footprint of the islands by improving their energy efficiency as these lights use approximately half of the energy of the lights they will replace.
The upgrades have been completed on Bere Island, Cape Clear Island, Heir Island, Long Island, Sherkin Island, Dursey Island and Whiddy Island.
The new lights exhibit a whiter light than the traditional orange lighting, more akin to daylight, and the reaction of islanders on Bere Island is generally positive especially in the area of the ferry pier where 8 No. 233w LED spotlights replace the 8 No. 400w traditional lights.
Cork County Council is switching to LED’s for all new public lighting schemes from 2016.