ARE PENARTH ESPLANADE’S NEW ALL-WHITE LIGHTS ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT?

Penarth Esplanade has just a short string of the new all-white fairy lights installed so far.

Passers-by said Penarth Esplanade’s controversial new all-white fairy lights now give an air of rather  drab uniformity to the sea-front in contrast to the previous multi-coloured fairy-lights .

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.

The Victorian lights - the symbol of the Penarth Town Plan - are just used to support fairy-lights

The old multi-coloured lights have been scrapped because they’re unfashionable and uneconomical

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.

Work on installing the new all-white fairy lights along the Esplanade is due to continue today

The Esplanade Line Man:  Work on installing the new all-white fairy lights along the Esplanade is due to continue today

A close up of one of the LED fairy-lights

A close up of one of the LED fairy-lights

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 LED all-white lights north of the Pier Pavilion

The LED all-white lights north of the Pier Pavilion

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 .

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7 Responses to ARE PENARTH ESPLANADE’S NEW ALL-WHITE LIGHTS ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT?

  1. Lindsay says:

    A devastating blow to the cause of diversity – the Council removes gay lights and replaces them with straight, all white lights.

  2. Martin gossage says:

    VOG could still have coloured covers if it was bothered .But no we will have a dentists waiting room look instead . They are having their revenge for us keeping out their rabblecin the 1880s .

  3. CoexistinPenarth says:

    The coloured ones were prettier but some lights are better than no lights.

  4. AK says:

    Clas Ohlson in St David’s 2 is having a closing down sale – perhaps someone from VOG could get some LED bulbs for the lamp standards as well at knock down prices.

  5. Jalopy says:

    They look so boring and clinical. Coloured ones are fun and magical. There are plenty of old mushrooms in Penarth and I would like to join them in the sky gazing competition.

  6. Adey says:

    I miss the sag.

  7. Tom says:

    Those original ‘uneconomical’ ones would hardly have taken down the National Grid

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