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Energy Efficiency Street Light Project

Changing the globe one street at a time

Council began its street light energy efficiency project in 2015 which involved changing 80-watt mercury vapour lamps on residential streets across the municipality to LEDs. The new lights perform better, last longer and are more than twice as efficient as the existing 80-watt mercury vapour lights.

The project is part of Council’s carbon neutral goal and is expected to significantly reduce Council’s street lighting greenhouse emissions and costs. These cost savings will be reinvested into future change over phases.

Approximately 5,600 lights will be changed in total. Almost 40 per cent of the project has been completed with 2,172 street lights already changed to LEDs.

Current phase of the project

Street light change over map

Phase 3 of this project has begun and will see 1,152 streetlights replaced with LEDs in the streets of Croydon, Kilsyth South and Ringwood East.

Areas where street lights on residential streets have already been changed to LEDs are illustrated in blue on the map. The current area where street lights are being changed is illustrated in red.

Download a larger version of the map:

 Energy efficiency street light project map (PDF, 4 Mb)

Frequently asked questions

Why do this project now?
This project will contribute significantly to reducing carbon to help meet Council’s 2020 carbon reduction target. It also has significant electricity and maintenance cost savings.

When does the project take place?
Phase 3 of the street light project is being rolled out from June 2017. For a project of this size, specific works schedules are developed on a week-by-week basis. Weather and other contributing factors can result in delays. Subsequent phases will be rolled out over time.

What does the project involve?
During phase 3 of the project, 1,152 street lights will be replaced with energy efficient and better quality LED alternatives. Light levels will be made more consistent across the area, with lights being changed on local residential streets.

How is the project been funded?
This project is being funded by Council.

How will the works affect my street on the day?
The changeover of street lights involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crew members. It takes less than 5 minutes to replace a street light so any disruptions to traffic flow in your street should not last long. Resident’s and visitor’s cars can remain parked on streets. Works will only take place on weekdays.

Who is installing the new lights?
ETS Electrical Services is installing the lights. They will be liaising with Council throughout the project.

Why did Council choose these particular lights?
The LED lighting system chosen by Council has been approved for use in the AusNet area, the distribution company that owns the lighting infrastructure. The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regard to safety and light levels. Trial results throughout Victoria have demonstrated that they have superior performance to the existing lights. The new lights have:

  • greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • better colour rendering and visibility
  • less depreciation of the light output over time.

How much energy, greenhouse gas emissions and money will this project save?
Phase 3 of the project will save energy and costs, reduce greenhouse emissions and will:

  • reduce energy consumption and associated costs by around 77 per cent 
  • save around 465 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year
  • align with Council’s environmental sustainability strategies
  • replace approximately 1,152 street lights with energy efficient and better quality alternatives.

How long do the lights last?
The main body of the light and the LED chips will last about 20 years. The photoelectric cells (light sensors that switch the lights on and off) last 10 years.

Are the old lights recycled?
Yes. The recycling of old lights that are taken down during a bulk change is the responsibility of the installer. The tender for installation of the lights specified waste disposal requirements which includes the recycling of around 98% of the old lights. For example, the glass collected is recycled into products such as glass wool insulation. The mercury is distilled and reused in the dental industry.

Further information

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Council on 9298 4598.

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