A brighter Leguan

─ residents welcome 106 new LED lights

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, September 12, 2019

When it comes to increasing safety and beautifying your neighbourhood, various ideas may come to mind. For residents of Leguan, lights are a critical component that ensures these basic needs.

“For me, I like to go fishing sometimes at night, and the view is exceptional and sometimes if there is moonlight- it just creates a good atmosphere for the Leguan people,” said Devon Stephens, a resident of Leguan. Stephens was reacting to the installation of 106 new Light-Emitting Diode [LED] lights on the island.

Another resident, Bibi Shazeela Ali said the lights like a breath of fresh air for Leguan. “We didn’t have it like this. On every street on every corner you have lights. You know, we used to have lights, but not like this. It’s much better now… if you go anywhere at night, you feel protected. You could go, you could come when you want… it’s good,” Bibi told the Department of Public Information (DPI).

DPI also solicited a comment from Satesh Narine who stated, “since we got lights in the community, we can see the road better. We can see animals or anything on the road. We feel secure yea, the lights look wonderful…”

The installation of the LED lights is the result of a governmental meeting held on the island, where, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson heard the residents’ call for better street lightening and committed to addressing the situation.

Electrical Engineer within the ministry, Dwayne Downer in a written statement, explained that the lighting exercise on the island was done in an environmentally safe manner.

Downer clarified that 37 high-pressure sodium vapour lamps were replaced with energy-efficient LED lamps while an additional 69 LED lamps were installed on Leguan, leading to a total of 106 LED lights during the exercise. Schools, places of worship, the entrance to the ball field and other poorly lit areas benefited from the lighting project.

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