Lighting Journal June 2019

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June 2019 Lighting Journal

The ILP/CRT National Lighting Survey


STATE OF THE NATION? What is the appetite among local authorities to hire and retain lighting professionals? How popular are dimming and part-night lighting regimes? How popular is retrofitting versus replacement? These and other pressing industry questions have been tackled by the ILP’s national lighting survey, in association with Carbon Reduction Technology. And the preliminary findings are in By Liz Hudson


etween September last year and March this year, the Institution of Lighting Professionals (represented by VP Highways Ian Jones) and Carbon Reduction Technology have been working together to conduct a nationwide study of local authority lighting, with an emphasis on LED. The study aimed to tackle some of the key questions and subjects around local authority street lighting, including measuring progression towards total conversion to LED, current savings in both energy and carbon, retrofit versus replacement trends and the ongoing role of locally employed street lighting specialists. With the results now in, this

article intends to give a brief, preliminary overview of the key findings and what they potentially say about the changing nature of our industry. The survey was offered to all metropolitan district, county, unitary and London borough councils in the UK, including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It covered conventional streetlights and reproduction or heritage lanterns; it did not cover motorway lighting. The full report will be released to coincide with the ILP Professional Lighting Summit later this month, bringing the project full circle from inception to publication just inside of a year. Those who participated in the survey were due to

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