of unique LED seafront lights in Burnham set to be extended
trial of unique decorative lights along part of Burnham-On-Sea
seafront has been hailed a success this week and the town council
is set to extend the trial.
LED lights, which randomly change colour, were installed in December
along the walkway on the South Esplanade near Burnham Sailing
Clerk Denise Emery told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We've
been trialing them for several weeks now and councillors like
them and feel they are attractive for the seafront."
do, however, have some concerns that the lights need to be brighter
for safety reasons. Therefore, we're investigating whether this
can be changed. The trial is being extended before we consider
whether to widen their use along The Esplanade."
lights are being trialed after local resident Nick Whetstone proposed
that the previous decorative seafront illuminations should be
replaced by LED lights to cut council costs.
claimed that the new LED lights will cut the council's power bill
by up to 85% along the seafront.
trial was initially due to go ahead in 2012, but the harbourmaster
warned that the lights "could cause confusion to shipping"
since some of the LED lights show colours that are the same as
warning navigation buoys nearby. However, those concerns were
year, town councillors voted in favour of installing the multi-coloured
LED lights on the South Esplanade at a cost of £420 on a
trial basis. The new lights are being tested to establish whether
they generate sufficient light on pavements before their use is
potentially widened to cover the whole seafront.