Salzburg also saves on lighting
After Linz, the city of Salzburg is now also reducing the lighting in public buildings, churches and monuments in order to save electricity. From August 1st, the exposure time will be reduced by one hour for 32 objects – most of which are located in the old town.
In addition, in 2013 the city began to convert lights and masts to LED lamps – more than 2,350 light points have already been replaced.
According to experts, the savings are particularly noticeable in the most heavily lit places such as the fortress (with around 13,000 watts), the Neutor including the horse pond (3,500 watts) and the collegiate church (2,300 watts). The Mirabell Palace (1,000 watts) is also among the properties with greater savings potential.
Closing at midnight instead of 1am
According to city policy, the legally prescribed lighting of streets, paths and protection routes will remain unchanged. Specifically, during the festival season in August, the lights will now be turned off at midnight (instead of 1 a.m.). From September to October, the radiation ends at 11 p.m. (instead of 12 p.m.), from November to March at 10 p.m. (instead of 11 p.m.). From April to August it’s “lights out” again at 11 p.m. (instead of 12 a.m.).
Conversion to LED is progressing
In the field of public lighting, Salzburg has been saving energy for many years – for example by switching to LED lamps, which reduce their output up to three times over the night, or by equipping footpaths and cycle paths with sensors that dim the light , when no one comes by.
More than 2,350 light points have already been converted to LED lights. The “Stadtlicht 2025” project was started in 2013 and is projected to the city by 2025. Save 800,000 euros in electricity costs.