- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Prague Allocates 165 Million CZK to Upgrade Public Lighting with Modern LED Lights
Prague has earmarked 165 million Czech korun to upgrade its public lighting system to modern LED lights, aiming to reduce energy consumption and enhance road safety. The project will be executed by the company Technology of the Capital City of Prague (THMP), which will gradually replace outdated sodium lamps with efficient and advanced LED lights.
According to a press release from the city, the contract for the renovation of public lighting has already been approved by the city council. The refurbishment plan involves a complete replacement of sodium lights, as production of these lamps is set to cease by 2026. The city’s objective is to have its streets illuminated solely by modern LED lights by 2030.
Councilor Michal Hroza, responsible for infrastructure, stated, “We have allocated over 165 million Czech korun to Technology of the Capital City of Prague to ensure the renewal of public lighting, which is vital for the metropolis. The allocated funds will primarily facilitate the planned replacement of existing sodium lights, which are often faulty, with modern lights, especially LED lights. These lights are more efficient, reliable, consume less energy, allow for adaptable light distribution based on local conditions, and have positive effects on road safety. Additionally, we will ensure the stratification of public lighting. The renovation will cover poles, cables, switching points, and more.”
The substantial cost of the project reflects the intricacies involved, including material expenses and personnel costs. It also accounts for the financial considerations associated with various activities related to the public lighting upgrade. Tomáš Novotný, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of THMP, explained that the approved investment funds will primarily be utilized for pole renovation, lamp replacement, cable renewal, surface renewal, stratification of public lighting, and related project work.
As part of the public lighting renovation, Prague is also constructing EVR lamps that will serve as charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). The city will allocate an additional 120 million Czech korun (approximately $5.5 million) for the construction of these lamps.
In total, 852 lamps will be replaced during the renovation, including 172 EVR lamps, which will facilitate the construction of charging stations in the future. Due to cost considerations, the remaining 680 street lamps will be replaced without charging capabilities.
The adoption of modern LED lights is expected to enhance the energy efficiency of Prague’s lighting system, reduce light pollution, and improve road safety for both motorists and pedestrians.
Article by Prague Forum