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Blackpool brings street lighting control into the 21st century

25 June 2010

Leeds based Harvard Engineering has won a contract worth GBP4m to install its award-winning LeafNut central monitoring and wireless control system for street lighting across Blackpool. The contract follows the decision by Community Lighting Partnership (CLP), working on behalf of Blackpool Council, to award E-ON UK the renewal and ongoing maintenance work of life-expired road lighting, illuminated traffic signs and traffic signals equipment.

The deal means that LeafNut will be deployed across 22,000 pieces of apparatus, leading to savings of up to £1 million in energy costs per annum and over 2 million kg per annum on carbon emissions.

LeafNut allows Local Authorities to manage their street lighting without having to switch them off altogether. This is achieved by remotely adjusting the output of each individual street light, which can be programmed for different lighting levels corresponding to peak needs such as rush hours and areas of late night entertainment, dimming the lights in times and areas of low need such as the early hours of the morning. This can save up to £46 per street light, per year and 100kg of carbon emissions per street light, per year.

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