Recently refurbished National Express trains have been fitted with reading lamps “upfront”, and each one has a switch – but they are never used.
The joys of modern technology allow me to write and post this blog from a seat on the 12:05 Leeds to London train service.
Each seat has a halogen reading light under the bag rack, and all 60 reading lights are on, depite their being only 7 passengers. Each light has a switch – but are they ever used ? – would it not have been a better idea to have a swicth with a timer, so passenger switches light on and it automatically switches off after an hour or three ?
60 lights = 1200 watts – must add up to around £600 per coach per year in wasted energy alone !
(below – probably the only photograph taken with the reading lights off)