Grantham Motion Sensor Streetlights
South Kesteven District Council to use sensor technology to make streetlights more efficient in the Grantham area.
21:42 04 May 2021
South Kesteven District Council has announced plans to use sensor technology to make its streetlights more energy efficient. Currently, the council keeps its streetlights on throughout the whole night. With sensor technology, the lights will automatically reduce their brightness when the sensors do not detect movement for a period of time.
South Kesteven district councillor Peter Moseley said: “As you walk to the next one the lights will turn on. Once you’ve gone past and there’s no movement for a period of time they go back down.
“We know using the lights drastically reduces energy and, consequently, emissions.”
The new lights would remain at 20per cent brightness throughout the night until the sensors detect movement. This move will also help lower light pollution as the light from LEDs is directed downwards onto footpaths and roads, reducing the amount going into people's homes and gardens.
However, councillor Moseley admits that there are challenges in procuring the lights as the technology is relatively new.
“This is a technology in its infancy,” said Coun Moseley.
“I believe it’s one at the forefront in the coming years.
“We have to take a decision whether we futureproof our lights.”
He added: “It’s not an easy road but I’m really hopeful in the next few months that we will have appointed somebody to provide intelligent lights and actually role them out in the next few years.”