As we move more and more towards a paradigm shift in thinking, having a concern for the environment so that the next generation will have a place to live on earth, new advancements have been made to be more power efficient while lowering wastage. Take the Solar Impulse 2 for example – this solar-powered plane intends to circumnavigate the globe on solar power alone! It looks like Jersey’s street lighting bill is going to get cut in half thanks to revitalized lamps that see action in St Helier’s Liberation Square. These lamps have been fitted with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs in short, that will consume just 33% of the energy of conventional bulbs, and apart from saving the local authorities money in terms of its electricity bill, it could also help improve road safety thanks to its brightness level.
According to Jersey transport officials, such technology will be rolled out across all main island roads as long as budgets permit. As for the lights at Liberation Square, these will be dimmed between midnight and 6am. Bob Baudains, a street works manager at Transport and Technical Services, did share that such LEDs are capable of lasting up to a 100,000 hours “without significant maintenance”, hence making our streets safer and more appealing to walk/travel along.