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Postby Doive » 14 Jul 2006, 12:32

Is this not a very good idea? Most streetlights operate between 250W and 400W, and if you think the average town has hundreds or even several thousand lights, the energy wasted is astronomical. They propose to switch off the lights in suitable areas between midnight and 5am.

This is not a new idea by far. Back in the 60s in Dublin, some new housing estates operated a scheme where two out of every three lights were switched off after midnight, this reducing energy useage by two thirds. Why could such a scheme not be applied to the UK? Set two out of every three photocells to switch off after a set number of hours operation. We could save Gigawatts of energy every year.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 14 Jul 2006, 14:13

why switch the lights off in towns and cities where criminals can hide? surely a better idea would be to switch off the majority of motorway lighting and use those things on the front of our cars called headlights!
on another note i'm not a power station worker but i'm pretty confident in saying they don't have a BFO switch that switches the plant on and off as and when demand rises and falls thus wasting "other" resources in our quest for reducing emissions.
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Postby Doive » 14 Jul 2006, 14:37

Not as such Nick, but what it does mean is that during the night the power system can run at absolute base load, plus they can run extra generator sets and keep them ticking over with waste steam to keep the inertial mass moving and keep the temperature up, rather than have them generating at full pelt to keep some unnecessary street lights up and running. I agree that it shouldn't happen in town centres, but major A roads and motorways where the lights are simply not needed late at night. As energy prices rise and rise, plus additional costs are levied for carbon emissions it really is something we should be thinking about.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 14 Jul 2006, 15:51

Doive wrote:what it does mean is that during the night the power system can run at absolute base load, plus they can run extra generator sets and keep them ticking over with waste steam to keep the inertial mass moving and keep the temperature up, rather than have them generating at full pelt to keep some unnecessary street lights up and running.

isn't that what happens now hence the street lights being on making use of the leccy?
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