Galway City Council has begun work on providing new, low impact public lighting in the Claddagh and Salthill by the bay.
New interactive smart lights are being installed along the South Park and Blackrock walkway to make it easier for people to use in the evening.
The proposed lighting will consist of environmentally-sensitive 1.5m high lighting bollards, with installation expected to be completed by January 2021.
The Claddagh Salthill public lighting works will link into the planned upgrade of the existing decorative lanterns along the Salthill Promenade.
These upgrade works will also consist of fully smart interactive lights, and will reduce energy usage by 60% compared to existing lanterns.
Speaking about the project Uinsinn Finn, Senior Engineer with the City Council, said that public lighting accounts for approximately half of all local authority energy usage.
“As of September 2020, 3,469 public lights have been upgraded to LED energy-efficiency lamps. In spite of the impact of Covid, 1,900 lamps were upgraded in 2020 alone, with energy savings of over €110,000 per annum.”
“The Claddagh-Salthill public lighting project will extend the hours people can use the Promenade for fresh air and exercise, which is particularly salient in current times.”