Local Low Carbon Lighting LuxOn Streets
The LuxOn Street LED lantern from Newcastle-based Low Carbon Lighting made its first appearance on Derbyshire's streets towards the end of 2014. Its versatility at being able to accommodate varying numbers of LEDs in the same basic lantern housing meant that it could be seen installed at a variety of mounting heights for a more uniform street scene.
This example in Melbourne is seen fitted to the spigot of a 6 m Mallatite tubular steel column. The previous column at this location supported an ELECO GR 501 55 W SOX lantern.
A SELC / Westire AcRo one-part NEMA photocell is fitted here.
The lantern incorporates a long flat glass optic, allowing up to five LED-containing circuit boards to be fitted. In this case, only a single board containing 14 LEDs is fitted. Having seen these lanterns in operation at night, the positioning of the circuit board causes the front of the lantern to appear unlit, giving the impression of a malfunctioning unit.
This example in Little Eaton (again fitted to a new 6 m column) replaced a column supporting a Thorn Beta 2.
The A61 between Clay Cross and Tupton was relit with the combination of new 10 m columns and LCL LuxOn Streets in early 2015.
Being the main road version of the LuxOn Street, the full complement of LEDs (68) is fitted in these lanterns.
The lanterns are attached directly to the column spigots.
Two long grub screws can be seen protruding from the rear of the lantern; an indicator of the different spigot diameters to which this lantern is designed to fit.
Elsewhere on the A61, the section immediately north of Alfreton was also relit with these lanterns in early 2015; they replaced various 135 W SOX lanterns (mostly remotely-geared Thorn Alpha 4s) owing to the difficulty previously experienced in maintaining this stretch of lighting. The lower power consumption of the LED lanterns would also be a factor in fitting these lanterns.
A variety of twin-arm brackets could be seen along this stretch, depending on when that particular column was installed.
The lantern's canopy hinges upwards, allowing internal maintenance to take place.
The lanterns are all fitted with Royce Thompson Oasis 2000 photocells.
The sleek profile of the lantern can be appreciated here.
Again, these lanterns run the full complement of LEDs (68).
The means of securing the lantern to the bracket is demonstrated here.
No, this isn't intended as a trendy modern photograph with everything retouched in monochrome except for the photocell; the sky became rather grey whilst this picture was being taken!
The steep climb up to Alfreton (behind the photographer) can be appreciated here.
At the time of photographing, traffic was piling up on the approach to the town - a somewhat regular occurrence.
On the other side of Alfreton, Derby Road in Swanwick (the old A61) saw a new passively-safe column featuring an unusual Y-shaped twin arm bracket installed, following replacement of a damaged column in 2015. LuxOn Streets were again fitted.
Unlike the other examples seen on this page, these lanterns are finished in black.
Old meets new here as a couple of LuxOn Streets can be seen attached to sleeved Stanton 1810 columns on the A6 just south of Ambergate.
Previously, an integrally-geared Philips MA 50 135 W SOX lantern was fitted.
Unintentionally, the lantern appears to be mimicking the almost right-angled section where the horizontal section of the sleeve meets the vertical section.
The MA 50 lanterns were not fitted with photocells as the stretch of lighting was group switched. As the new lanterns are fitted with individual photocells, I wonder whether the group switching has been removed...I hope so, as group switching individually-celled lanterns sends my OCD into overdrive!
Such is the rapid progression of LED lantern technology that manufacturers are updating their products at a much faster rate than occurred with lanterns relying on lamp technology. This Luxon Street of a slightly revised appearance was installed on Burton Road in Findern in early 2017, after the sleeved Stanton 1810 concrete column (again, supporting an MA 50), was damaged after being hit by a vehicle and needed replacing. The double-arm columns visible in the background, and supporting Thorn Pilote T2 lanterns provide illumination to the busy A38 dual carriageway.
While the revised version of the LuxON Street is the same basic shape as its earlier incarnation was, changes have been made to the rear section of the lantern; particularly, the means of attaching the lantern to a column or bracket.
36 LEDs are fitted in this particular lantern, though the empty spaces for higher quantities can be seen towards the front of the lantern.
A few of the "Mk II" versions of the LuxOn Street appeared on Arleston Lane in Stenson Fields in 2017. These were installed to new 8 m columns that replaced c.1970s' columns of the same height in 2017. These older columns had supported ELECO GR 100 90 W SOX lanterns for many years, but these were replaced with WRTL Arc 100 W SON lanterns in the early 2010s.
These lanterns also run 36 LEDs.
Whereas the previous columns had outreach brackets fitted, the new columns have the lanterns fitted post-top.
As evidenced by the extra-long grub screws emerging from the rear of the lantern, the lanterns can be mounted side-entry instead.
We need not go any further than Ashbourne in order to see examples of the Mk II version mounted side-entry; the 1950s' Stanton 6 concrete columns along Compton Street and Dig Street saw these lanterns fitted in early 2017 as replacements for gear-in-head Philips MA 90 90 W SOX lanterns.
There appears to be sufficient length on the grub screws for even narrower side-entry brackets than this to be employed in supporting the lantern.
The installation below was pictured in November 1980, when its original bracket and lantern was fitted; click here to see the photograph on Picture the Past.
The size difference between the spigot entry and the lantern and the bracket diameter is evident here.
The columns were sleeved in the 1990s; the MA 90s being fitted at the same time.
These lanterns are also fitted with AcRo photocells.
A change made to the Mk II version is the way that the tilt is set - two grub screws adjust the angle with this version, whereas the tilt was determined by a sprung pin being inserted in one of several positions in the Mk I version.
Following the introduction of traffic signals to the junction of Ashbourne Road and Radbourne Lane in Mackworth in early 2017, the existing double-arm columns on the 'Derbyshire' side of the junction (as opposed to the other side that is in 'Derby'), were replaced, and Mk II LuxOn Streets were employed.
The same type of double-barrelled spacer for narrower bracket diameters as used in the Mk I version is seen here.
These lanterns are back up to the full complement of 68 LEDs.
A 68 LED LCL LuxOn Street (of the original design) entered my collection in January 2017. Click here for more information.
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