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Birmingham City Council
Candela Light worked with Birmingham City Council to refurbish an outdated lighting system in the Edgbaston Canal Tunnel as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution project. This development of the cycle route network aims to get more people cycling and increase the proportion of cycle trips across Birmingham from less than 2% to 5% by 2023, and 10% by 2033.
The unreliable nature of the lighting in the tunnel had been highlighted to Birmingham City Council; the main concern being that the lack of lighting in the tunnel was causing a safety issue.
The tunnel is located on a heavily-used canal towpath linking the city centre and a University of Birmingham residential campus, and was considered as a priority for replacement by both the Council and the Canal & River Trust (CRT).
The main goals of the lighting replacement project were to upgrade the inefficient and unmaintainable existing tunnel lighting assets, and to replace them with energy-efficient units capable of providing a lighting output to create a safe environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
Candela Light replaced the old, damaged lighting units and the existing cabling, and installed 30w LED floodlighting units. 16 existing 70w lighting units were replaced with 16 30w LED units.
The refurbishment has reduced maintenance costs and improved the reliability of the lighting in the tunnel, and has resulted in a reduction in energy consumption.
Since the completion of the lighting upgrade works, Birmingham City Council has received positive feedback from users of the canal network.