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Street Light Replacement Program

Knox City Council’s Street Light Replacement Program was completed in October 2017. The program saw over 10,600 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?

The old 80-watt mercury vapour lights have been 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 74,000 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What did the project involve?


Over 10,600 street lights were replaced with energy efficient and better quality LED globes. Light levels will be more consistent in the areas where mercury lights are replaced. The lighting replacement has taken place generally on local streets and not on major roads.

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
  • Longer life

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 $17.4 million will be achieved over the life of the streetlights
  • 74,000 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

Were 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.

Who do I Call if there is a faulty light in my street?


While Council is responsible for the on-going running costs of all street lights on local streets, light replacements and maintenance is carried out by the electricity distribution companies.

For street light replacements or maintenance, please phone AusNet Services on 13 17 99 or United Energy on 13 20 99. Check your electricity bill if you’re unsure which of the distribution companies your street belongs to.

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