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Street Light Replacement Program

Knox City Council’s Street Light Replacement Program is nearing completion. The program has seen over 10,000 lights replaced with LED lights, ensuring our city plays an important role in reducing emissions, saving energy, and lowering our carbon footprint.

Why make the switch?

Our existing 80-watt mercury vapour lights will be updated to LED, which provides our community with countless environmental, financial and lighting quality benefits.

  • Energy: LED globes are 4 times more energy efficient
  • Sustainability: the new lights will remove 78,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Visibility: LED lights are designed to shine on the road and footpath, minimising light spill
  • Long lasting: LED lights last 5 times longer

How will we make the switch?

The streetlight replacements started in July 2016 and will be completed by June 2017, with environmental and financial savings beginning as soon as each globe is replaced.

There will be minimal impact on parking and traffic flow. In most cases, each light will be replaced in less than 15 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do this project now?

The existing street lights are now at the end of their usable life, this presents us with a great opportunity to make the switch to energy efficient LED lighting and maintain a reliable street lighting service for the next 20 years.

When does the project take place?

The project began in July 2016 and is expected to be completed by June 2017.

What does the project involve?

Over 10,000 street lights will be replaced with energy efficient and better quality LED globes. Light levels will be more consistent in the areas where mercury lights are replaced. Local streets will be a part of the light upgrade, however, major road lighting such as on Burwood Highway, Mountain Highway or Stud Road will not be part of this project.

How will the project been funded?

Knox City Council is fully funding the project.

How will the project affect my street on the day?

The changeover of a street light involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crew members. It takes less than 15 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.

Who is installing the new lights?

A company called ETS Electrical Services will install the lights. They will be working with Knox City Council throughout the project.

Why did Council choose these particular lights?

The LED lighting system is the best available technology that has been approved for use by AusNet Services and United Energy (the distribution companies that own the lighting infrastructure). The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards for safety and light levels. Trial results throughout Melbourne have demonstrated that they have superior performance when compared to the existing lights.

The new lights have:

  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Better visibility from improved light colour
  • Less reduction in light intensity over time

How much energy, greenhouse gas emissions and money will this project save?

The project will save energy and money, and drastically reduce greenhouse emissions;

  • Energy consumption and associated costs will be reduced by around 78%
  • Energy and maintenance cost savings of over $21 million will be achieved over the life of the streetlights
  • 78,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions will be reduced by 2033. This is the equivalent of removing 18,140 cars each year for the next 20 years

How long will the new lights last?

The main body of the light and the LED lamp will last about 20 years and the photoelectric cells (which turn the lights on and off each day) last around 10 years. The lights are covered by a 10 year warranty.

Who actually owns the lights?

The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution businesses AusNet Services and United Energy.

Are the old lights recycled?

Around 98% of the old light is recycled. For example, the glass collected is recycled into products such as glass wool insulation for homes. The mercury is distilled and reused in the dental industry to manufacture amalgam. The aluminium body and other fixed components (for example, steel screws, copper wires) are collected and turned into ingots used in industry.

What will the colour of the light be?

The colour of the lighting will be in the cold spectrum; this means it will be more like moonlight rather than a yellow or orange colour (which are often seen on intersections or major roads).

How can I get more information about the works either during or after they have taken place?

If you have any questions before or after the project has been completed, please contact Council on 03 9298 8000.

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