1970s Era Itchen Bridge Now Seen In a New Light
Aug 25, 2011 As of tonight, the view of Southampton's iconic Itchen Bridge will be a little brighter. In a debated decision, the bridge will glow a new shade of pale blue from the new LED lights added.
LEDs came to replace the old lights in a project totaling over £1 million. Instead of streetlights, the bridge is now illuminated by 34 white-light columns that emit blue LED background light.
Although, there has also been a controversy surrounding the installation of these new lights, even though city residents also initially supported the idea. Residents were worried about £100,000 taken bridge tolls to partially fund the project, however the long-term payoff is expected to save the city money.
The estimate in energy savings with these new LEDs is expected to be about 20% which means £1,250 in energy savings for the authority. The new LEDs are thought to have fulfilled exactly what officials wanted: a bridge that "looks good, saves money and is environmentally friendly."
Author: Rebecca Milne
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