Public lighting is one of the services most visually seen by the general public within a city (though it almost goes unnoticed). Lighting provides a sense of visual safety and security. This improved sense of safety and security will often lead to an increase and further promotion of community activities, events, sport, trade, industry and commerce to occur beyond normal daylight hours.
It is a service which has the power to indirectly promote stimulus into potential economic growth and state of well-being within a municipality. It has become so important to the point that it is vital to a city to have it implemented.
Electric public lighting was introduced into the city landscape as early as 1878, with Yablochkov candles (early arc lamps) illuminating the Avenue de l’Opéra in Paris. Since then public lighting has become an almost unnoticed service which is implemented in most municipal masterplans or town planning development strategies.
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