Mar 29, 2017: 2,700 year old Rome is in the news over LED lighting. The old-style streetlights in the Monti area will be replaced with LED lighting.
The $52 million project aims to replace the conventional streetlights with white LED lights, which will save Rome millions in electricity bills. However, the residents are not happy as they do not like the idea of tinkering with the romantic beauty of the city.
Since the city’s mayor Virginia Raggi took office in June 2016, about 100,000 LED lamps have been installed, costing 48 million euros ($52 million).
Elizabeth Minchilli, a resident of Monti, wrote on Facebook that the change of old lights with the new LED lights is “assassin of the beauty of Rome, of its history.”
According to residents, while many cities around the world have turned to LED lighting to save on electricity bill, in Italy it becomes a question of aesthetics. However, officials pointed out that the new LED lights are cost-effective and efficient, will be installed taking into account the aesthetic aspect of Italy. The officials said that a warmer tone of LED light will be used in the city, after consultation with the cultural authorities.
Residents have also complained that the cast-iron old-style lampposts have been changed to look modern, and the dome-shaped lamps have been replaced with drab, rectangular LED lights. Residents ask why Italy’s culture officials were not intervened.