The continuously increasing traffic on the road system during the nighttime hours has led to the tripling of accidents in comparison with those which occur during the daytime hours.
The reason for this significant difference is the reduced visibility and tiredness of both drivers and pedestrians which lead to their reduced reflex responses.
As a result they find it difficult to recognize obstacles and appreciate dangers on the road. As a rule, good street lighting protects both drivers as well as pedestrians from accidents likely to occur as a result of inadequate visibility and helps one in finding one’s orientation under any weather condition.
The Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) contributes to the maintenance of an adequate level of sighting on the public roads in Cyprus, by undertaking on behalf of Municipal and Local Authorities the study for new street lighting schemes, and for the improvement of existing street lighting installations. In addition it undertakes the lamp replacement and the repair of installed lighting fittings in accordance with the street lighting tariffs. If a consumer wishes to report the existence of a burnt street lighting lamp for replacement he must communicate over the phone with the Pancyprian Number of EAC for Reporting Faults, 1800 and give all relevant information (Pole number, street name locality etc.) in order to facilitate the maintenance gang of EAC to locate the burnt lamp.
The road network following its continuous development over time, covers today roads of a total length of thousands of kilometers. In addition EAC within the context of its endeavors to find electrical energy saving methods but also for the general environment protection, has since 2001 proceeded with the replacement of all tungsten street lighting lamps with Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL). The replacement of ordinary lamps by CFL has brought about an annual reduction of electrical energy for street lighting by 50% and this is translated into 0.12% energy saving on the total energy consumption in Cyprus.