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Concern over LED street lights in Havendale

Published:Friday | December 22, 2017 | 12:06 AM


The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has, in recent weeks, been embarking on a street light replacement programme that replaces the old halogen lights with the brighter and more fuel-efficient LED lights.

While I applaud the move to these lights, I have a concern about the methodology. In the Havendale area where I live, for example, the old halogen lights were placed about 100 feet apart (one on each pole), giving a well-lit stretch for the entire length of the road.

In this new dispensation, the new, brighter LED lights have now been placed on every other pole, a distance of up to 300 feet, and, although brighter, have now created dark pockets on each road, giving cover to those who may not have your best interest at heart.

I can appreciate that the JPS may not have all the lights necessary to do a wholesale replacement on every street, and so are trying for a compromise by giving everybody a 'likkle' piece of the enlightenment; but, in doing so; have created a potentially dangerous situation for residents.


Dark areas created


The first night it was done in the area, when I drove up to my gate, it appeared as if we were having a power outage, but on closer inspection, it became clear that JPS had removed every other street light on the road. At the time, I said to myself, "They will return in a few days to put up the other lights," but it has been more than three weeks and there is no sign of a return visit, and no communication from JPS.

JPS, we need some light on this matter, especially in this holiday season.