Kilkenny towns' new LED lighting proving a bright idea

Replacing high energy consumption lamp bulbs with LEDs in Thomastown, Freshford, Inistioge and Graignamanagh

Kilkenny People

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LED Lighting

Joe Daly of Kilkenny County Council, Simon Walton Kilkenny County Council and Liz Harte of Harte Outdoor Lighting

Kilkenny County Council has been replacing historic high energy consumption lamps bulbs in public lighting in Thomastown, Freshford, Inistioge and Graignamanagh with modern energy efficient LED lighting.

It has largely been welcomed as a positive development for the residents, business owners and rate payers in these communities. LED lighting has been proven to save energy and money.

In addition, because LED lighting is brighter, it has also been shown to help lower crime rates. It works particularly well in areas where CCTV has been installed, such as Freshford. Previously registration number plates on vehicles could not be read – now, with LED, they can and criminals can be identified.

To maintain the special character of these areas, heritage style lamps from Harte Outdoor Lighting are being used and in some cases re-used. These lamps are of an original traditional design, and made with cast iron in New Ross, Wexford.

They are suitable for use with the modern LED lights as well as with the more traditional light bulbs. Brendan Murphy worked with Harte Outdoor Lighting and Kilkenny County Council on the drawings and supplied the LED units.