City street lights ‘just’ ful­fill­ing min­i­mum need

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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.”

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