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Energy efficient street light project

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

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

What is the project?

Between March 2015 and October 2018, 5,390 high-performance and energy efficient LED street lights were installed across the municipality. 

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

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

How will it help the environment?

This project will significantly reduce Council street lighting greenhouse emissions and costs.

The project will reduce energy consumption and associated costs by around 77%, and 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.

Light levels will also be made more consistent across local residential streets.  

Further information

For information contact  Maroondah City Council's Sustainability Team on 1300 88 22 33.


Why do this project now?
The project aligns with Council's environmental sustainability strategies and 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 did the project take place?
The project was rolled out between March 2015 and October 2018.

What did the project involve?
The project involved the replacement of 5,390 80-watt mercury vapour lights with energy efficient and better quality LED alternatives on local residential streets across the municipality.

How was the project been funded?
This project is being funded by Council.

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 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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