Wallonia switches in accelerated mode to led lighting
The Walloon Region is accelerating the switch from orange NaLP (sodium low-pressure) lamps to led lighting on highways and national roads. Starting in May 2019, all 63.810 light poles on 875 km of highways, 350 km of cloverleaves and 695 km of regional roads will be replaced with a new ‘intelligent’ infrastructure within four years.
The tender was won by the LuWa consortium with Citelium, EDF-Luminus, CFE and DIF that is to manage the Walloon public lighting for the next twenty years. They will be responsible for the design, construction, financing and maintenance of the new infrastructure.
30 million euro per year
It is a public-private partnership (PPP) estimated at 30 million per year over twenty years, a total investment of 600 million euro that has to pay for itself by the longer lifetime of the lighting and a 60% reduction in energy consumption.
The new lighting will be ‘intelligent’, meaning that intensity will be regulated from within the Perex 4.0 traffic centre according to weather conditions, time of the night, traffic density, road works or accidents.
Activated all night
It also means that it will be activated all night long again, the responsible minister, Carlo Di Antonia (CDH) says, where today lighting is switched off during the night on large stretches of highway, like in Flanders. In Flanders the decision to switch to led lighting on the highways in the next four years was taken in May 2018.
In August, Agoria, the Belgian federation of the technological industry, called on the Brussels municipalities and Sibelga, net manager of the Brussels street lighting, to switch to led lighting, not only for saving 5 million euro a year but also to decrease CO2 emissions with 15.000 tons.
The Brussels net manager is responsible for 85.000 light fittings, of which only 1,7% has leds. In Wallonia 2,5% of local roads are equipped with led lights, in Flanders 5%. In France and the Netherlands this is respectively 7 and 10%.