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Energy efficient street light project

We're changing the globe, one street at a time. 

Maroondah City Council has started the last phase of a street light project on residential streets that will save money and reduce energy use.

What is the project?

As part of phase 4, approximately 2,097 high-performance and energy efficient LED street lights will be replaced across the municipality. 

When compared to the existing 80-watt mercury vapour lights, these new lights:

  • perform better
  • last longer
  • are more than twice as efficient.

How will it help the environment?

This project is expected to significantly reduce Council street lighting greenhouse emissions and costs.

The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 15,411 tonnes over 20 years. This is equivalent to removing 339 cars from the road each year for the next 20 years.

Where is it being implemented?

Phase 4 of the project has begun in the southern areas of Maroondah. Lights that are currently being changed are illustrated in red on the map.  


Download the map  (pdf, 5MB)

Further information

For information contact Nelly Belperio or call 9298 4261.

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 4 of the street light project is being rolled out from January 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 phase 4 of the project, 2,097 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 4 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 770 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year
  • align with Council’s environmental sustainability strategies
  • complete the street light bulk change on residential streets to energy efficient and better quality alternatives. With approximately 5,720 lights changed in total.

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.

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