A short section of Penarth’s controversial new all-white LED Esplanade “fairy lights” was switched on for the first time last night.
The installation of the new lights is still under way and so far only the section North of the Pier Pavilion has been completed.
Passers by last night said they were disappointed the traditional coloured lights had gone and not been replaced.
One couple said the coloured fairy lights used to make the Esplanade look a more interesting place after dark – but now it all looked rather drab and uniform.
The new lights replaced the former strings of gay multi-coloured lights along the Esplanade which had suffered damage in winter storms and – in any case – are now deemed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to be uneconomical compared with the LED variety.
Each of the new LED “fairy lights” is enclosed in a robust-looking vandal-proof glass enclosure . The lights are all secured to a specially installed taut wire suspension cable, strung between the “Victorian” lamp standards.
There is now less “sag” along the line of lamps than there used to be.
The “Victorian” lamps themselves were not usually switched on at all – but now they too have been fitted with plain white LED bulbs and are now part of the lighting scheme.
It means the whole of the Esplanade is now only lit in two colours – plain LED white, and monochrome orange from the sodium/mercury street-lights which line the roadside. Penarth Pier is also to be fitted with the same kind of LED plain white-only lights. Work on the installation is due to be completed by the end of this week.
The first news of the impending changeover was given in a PDN report on May 15th 2016 ( see http://tinyurl.com/h85p5u9 ) . Nineteen posters commented on the change .