City street lights ‘just’ fulfilling minimum need
A DUNDEE lighting expert has warned Dundee’s “dim” street lights are putting people at risk after dark.
Gary Langlands, who runs audio-visual equipment company Vision, Sound and Light, measured the brightness of the street lamps in his area after former l ord provost John Letford called for brighter lights.
Mr Langlands, a former Dundee Chamber of Commerce president, said the lights “just about” met the minimum standards.
He said: “I went out with a light meter measuring the light brightness, focusing on Invergowrie Drive, which is near where I live.
“The council is replacing the old lights with LED lights, so there is half of each.
“You can definitely see a difference — the new lights are much dimmer. They’re at nine lux, which is a scientific measurement of light. The old lights are at 29 lux.
“From what I’ve researched, nine lux seems to be the minimum requirement, so the new lights are just about meeting that.
“I think there’s an issue with safety, not just for traffic but for pedestrians.”
Mr Langlands took the issue up with West End councillor Fraser Macpherson, who contacted the local authority’s Street Lighting Partnership.
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “All of the street lighting schemes are designed i n accordance with the current British Standard for Road Lighting.”
Earlier this month, the former lord provost blamed low lighting for an accident in Douglas.
He said: “I am concerned this l ack of lighting will endanger the wellbeing of people. In order to convince myself I am not imagining this, I did a poll of friends and drivers and those who drive for a living, such as taxi drivers. All told the same story.”