St. Helens and BLISS


What is St Helens doing?

• Researching existing situations across different demographic areas.

• Researching best practice and new products globally.

• Pilot testing projects in different locations with new and emerging technology.

• Monitoring public acceptability to changes in street lighting.

• Raising public awareness of the impacts of climate change.

• Setting a good example of the need to reduce energy and carbon emissions.

What will be the outcomes? 

The production of a Design Guide to enable efficient street lighting to be installed throughout Europe. The Design Guide will ...

• Recommend lighting and controls for new installations.

• Report on the changes of crime and accidents following the changes to lighting.

• Report on the public acceptability to the changes of lighting.


But ... 40% saving in energy and CO2 emissions is not enough. We need to save between 60% and 80% to meet our carbon commitment. So we are looking at ...

• Installing more energy efficient lanterns.

• Remote monitoring and controls.

• Dimming lights at selected times.

• Trimming lights - on later, off earlier.

• Passive infra-red movement detection to control lights.

• Review design standards - to ensure roads are not over-lit.

And we must ensure that public consultation is undertaken to ensure public acceptabilities of any changes.



A pilot installation in a park in St Helens using LED technology


Jan 2009

70w SON installation - 22 lamps

8158 kwh consumption = 3508 kg CO2

March 2009

LED installation - 22 lamps

4643 kwh consumption = 1996 kg CO2


40% saving in energy and CO2 emissions

Want to know more or be involved? Contact St Helens Council, Rory Lingham: +44 01744 676381