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 will begin in April 2016 and is expected to be completed in December 2016. Projects of this size commonly schedule work week-by-week: weather and other factors can sometimes result in delays.
What does the project involve?
Through the year around 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: