Street Lighting Bulk LED Upgrade

  • Project typeStreet Lighting
  • Project value$3.96 million
  • Completion Date29 June 2018

The Shire’s Street Lighting Bulk LED Upgrade will see 10,724 standard mercury vapour street lights replaced with energy efficient LED luminaires, including new photoelectric cells.  The project forms part of Council’s four major initiatives planned to achieve carbon neutrality:

  1. Bulk LED street lighting upgrade
  2. Solar panel roll-out on Council buildings
  3. Energy efficient Council buildings
  4. Carbon offsetting

The Carbon Neutral Plan was adopted by Council in February 2016 and it is intended that Council become Carbon Neutral within 5 years, that is by February 2021.  

The first townships scheduled to have their street lights replaced, in February and March 2018, are:

  • Baxter
  • Somerville
  • Hastings
  • Bittern
  • Moorooduc
  • Balnarring
  • Balnarring Beach
  • Merricks
  • Merricks Beach

Progress: As of 25 February 2018, 759 lights have been replaced with LED fittings (7.1% complete).

The street lighting upgrade will provide significant benefits to the community and Council through a variety of ways, including:

  • Cost savings of approximately $12.5 million over the life of the assets;
  • Energy savings and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and;
  • Better lighting outcomes.

Energy savings and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is the primary goal of the project.  Completion of the project will drastically reduce Council’s carbon footprint.

  • Each new LED luminaire will be 76% more efficient than the standard 80-watt mercury vapour luminaire it’s replacing;
  • 72,996 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved during the life of the new assets (estimated at over 20 years);
  • 3,650 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved per year; and,
  • Greenhouse gas savings are equivalent to removing 849 cars from the road each year for 20 years.

Better lighting outcomes will also be realised with this project, including:

  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street which will enhance the visual amenity of each township;
  • Better colour rendering and visibility;
  • Less depreciation of the light output over time; and,
  • Reduced glare.

Removed luminaires will be deconstructed and recycled. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 Why do this project now?

The Mornington Peninsula Shire has a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality for its operations by 2021.  This project will achieve significant energy and greenhouse gas emission savings to help achieve this goal.  Furthermore, LED lighting technology has progressed immensely in the past decade.  The LED lights use less electricity and last five times longer meaning it will cost the Shire much less to operate.

When does the project take place?

The project will commence in February 2018.  It will occur as one continuous installation and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2018.  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.

What does the project involve?

During the project, around 10,724 street lights will be replaced with energy efficient and better quality LED alternatives.  The project will involve Pedestrian Category lighting only, most commonly found on residential streets.

Who is installing the new lights?

Ventia Utility Services will be installing the lights and managing traffic appropriately, with Ironbark Sustainability project managing day to day operations and quality on behalf of the Shire.  They will be liaising with the Shire throughout the project.

How will the works affect my street on the day?

The changeover of a street light involves a single elevated work platform and two 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.  Residents’ and visitors’ cars can remain parked on streets. Works are expected to take place on weekdays between 8am and 4pm.

Who makes the lights?

The lights are manufactured by Aldridge Traffic Systems.  They are made in Australia.

 Why did the Shire choose these particular lights?

The Shire engaged Ironbark Sustainability to prepare a report on street lighting replacement options, which looked at costs, maintenance requirements, technology comparisons, energy usage and potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  The final design was based on the best outcome for Shire and its communities.

The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards regarding safety and light levels and are already operating in a number of councils throughout Victoria.

 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;
  • Reduced glare; and
  • Reduced light pollution.

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

This project will save energy and costs, and drastically reduce greenhouse emissions.  It is estimated the project will:

  • Reduce electricity consumption by 3,000 MWh per annum;
  • Save approximately 3,650 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per annum;
  • Save around 72,996 tonnes of greenhouse emissions between now and 2038 (equivalent to removing 849 cars each year for the next 20 years); and,
  • Achieve energy and maintenance cost savings of approximately $12.5 million over the life of the assets.

How long do the lights last?

The luminaire (the main body of the light) will last about 20 years.  The photoelectric cells last 8 years and the poles last around 35 years.

Who actually owns the lights?

The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution business United Energy.

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 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 ends up as ingots used in industry.

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

If you have any questions before or after the project has been completed, please don’t hesitate to contact Council on 1300 850 600.




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