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Through route (Group A) installations:

Painted 8m, 10m or 12m Fabrikat, or less often, CU Phosco, tubular steel columns. Common paint colours are dark green and mid grey, although pink and turquoise have also been used in recent times. Luminaires are commonly white and bowled Urbis Sapphire 2s running SON lamps, and mounted post-top. Until quite recently the WRTL Arc and WRTL Vectra were also commonly installed, and not long before that the Philips SGS203, Philips TrafficVision SGS306, Philips Malaga SGS102, Urbis ZX3, and WRTL/Siteco SR200 were mounted post-top on new columns or on sleeves for concrete columns. I have also seen the use of WRTL MRL6s in small numbers recently. When low pressure sodium was still installed the Philips MA series was chosen, although none of these have been installed for years.

Residential (Group B) installations:

Painted 5m or 6m Fabrikat or CU Phosco tubular steel columns. Hockeysticks have been used, althouh they are not as popular as post-top installations. Again, common paint colours are dark green, mid grey, pink and turquoise. Luminaires recently used are Philips Residium FGS224 (36w PL-L), Philips Residium FGS225 (55w PL-L), and Urbis Sapphire 1 (SON/CDM-T/42w PL-T). Until fairly recently there were also installations of Philips FGS104s, Philips FGS105s, Philips Malaga SGS101s, Philips TrafficVision SGS305s, Siteco ST50s, and WRTL SRL8s. I have also spotted a solitary casual replacement with a Philips Koffer 2 running 2x18w PL-L lamps. When low pressure sodium was still installed the Philips MI26 and MI36 were chosen. Around half of the group B columns in the county are also part-night controlled, including some modern schemes.

General Overview:

West Sussex is worth a visit for street lighting enthusiasts, but with a PFI lighting scheme starting in 2009 you had better be quick! The county boasts an inventory with a large proportion of concrete columns, most bof which are Stanton and Staveley and date between the 1950s and 1990s. Indeed, some of the country's youngest concrete columns can be found in the county, along with some old arched and finned and swan necked relics. Mercury is still quite common too, and some of the lanterns used in the county, both for mercury and other lamp types, are getting quite rare. There may even still be some open tungsten lanterns knocking about the county.

Old concrete, new concrete, rare lanterns, mercury, compact fluorescent, part-night switching... it all adds up to perhaps one of the best counties for the street lighting enthusiast. Please, get down there and enjoy it while it lasts, because the PFI will result in 80% of the county's lighting columns being replaced within the first five years of the contract, which equates to everything 15 years or older being replaced.