Manningham City Council’s street lights are about to shine more sustainably thanks to a switch to energy efficient globes.
A total of 6,250 street lights will be replaced across the municipality up until the end of June 2017 as part of Council’s $2.4m Street Light LED Replacement Program.
Council’s current streetlights are predominantly 80W mercury vapour globes, and combined, these account for a large portion of council’s greenhouse gas emissions and budget every year.
Improving the energy efficiency of public lighting within the municipality of Manningham was identified as a key strategic action in the Climate 2020 Action Plan (8.18 MB) and the 9.1 Endorsement of Carbon Abatement Plan (CAP) (2.42 MB) where the goals are to: Improve energy and carbon efficiency by 20 per cent by 2020; and move towards zero net emissions
Existing 50, 80 and 125 watt mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED luminaires, including new PE cells, which are up to 84 per cent more energy efficient.
The efficiency of these LED’s means that the project will save Council over $380,000 annually in electricity costs. The emissions reduction is equivalent to taking over 300 cars off the road for an entire year.
These new street lights will also increase lighting quality, with more light being directed toward the ground where it is needed, instead of into the sky.