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Knocknaheeny Water Tower Lights Up

Water Tower Knocknaheeny

Cork City Council, in association with LIGHTWISE and Sean Ahern Electrical, have completed the installation of lighting on the Water Tower in Knocknaheeny, on the northside of Cork city.  

The Water Tower has been illuminated very efficiently using up to date custom designed units and the benefit of lighting such a significant structure justifies the overall investment. The water tower is illuminated in a green colour which highlights a distinctive structure that can be viewed from various locations throughout the city. The floodlighting has been put into operation between dusk and 1:00am to enhance the night-time scene in the city.    

City Manager, Joe Gavin said “the investment puts an emphasis on a significant asset associated with water distribution and supply which can be appreciated in the immediate locality of Knocknacullen and is of interest to the local residents committed to promoting community development”.  

The illumination of the Knocknaheeny Water Tower using custom designed energy efficient lighting at a cost of €43,000 was funded by Cork City Council. The installation of lighting, mounted on the structure of the tower itself, incorporates fittings that will not require the usual maintenance or lamp replacement and so ensure reduced running costs for Cork City Council. Dan Linehan, LIGHTWISE stated that “the Water Tower is a wonderfully complex shape and lends itself very well to this type of lighting”.     

The use of Light Emitting Diode, LED for illumination is particularly suited to floodlighting applications, cycle track, pathway and amenity lighting and Cork City Council has used this technology to light Shandon Pedestrian Bridge using just 30% of the original energy demand to provide improved lighting on the bridge deck. The Traffic Division collaborated with the Water Division in specifying the lighting scheme for the Water Tower and facilitated the installation of the scheme.  

“The Knocknaheeny Water Tower stands out as another example of what can be achieved with a commitment to 'low carbon' energy efficient lighting in the urban environment” according to Ian Winning, spokesperson for the Traffic Division, Cork City Council.


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