Hicks Gate, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Improving road safety, traffic congestion and the general movements of public transport through Hicks Gate roundabout in Keynsham, plus the need to reduce energy consumption and costs, Bath and North East Somerset Council were looking for an efficient solution whilst enhancing road user experience at the junction.

Replacing the old SON scheme with LED, Philips SpeedStar gives complete flexibility to light a scheme to the exact requirement thereby maximising energy savings. This is especially useful when using existing spacings, as there is no need to over light, which sometimes is the case with step changes in HID lamp wattages.

The incorporated LEDGINE has a range of five patented optics to give different lighting distributions. Using the SpeedStar LED choice and lighting distributions, an optimum solution was found whereby the same luminaire can be used for the road and for the roundabout, but with different optics. The SpeedStar luminaire also included integral Dynadimmer, a pre-programmed multi level dimming module to further enhance the energy saving potential of the new lighting system, generating energy savings of over 50% against the old SON lighting scheme.

Additional benefits of the SpeedStar include its longer lifetime which will help minimise maintenance needs. SpeedStar has a lifetime of 60,000 hours, which helps reduce the maintenance and replacement required by traditional lighting. This will not only help to reduce costs for Bath and North East Somerset Council but it will also minimise the inconvenience experienced by road users on this busy stretch of the A4.

The bright white light delivered by the new LED lighting scheme will maximise visibility for road users, increase reaction times, and consequently improve safety for drivers. This makes SpeedStar a complimentary tool for traffic management, and a perfect solution for Hicks Gate roundabout in Bath and North East Somerset Council.