LEDs filling our streets with light

Let there be LED: A new LED light has been put in above a bus stop in Werrington County, casting a bright light across the streetscape.

Let there be LED: A new LED light has been put in above a bus stop in Werrington County, casting a bright light across the streetscape.

You might have noticed a different kind of glow from street lights around your home.

That’s because many of the old globes are being replaced with more efficient LED versions.

A major project from the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), the roll out of over 13,000 new lights in local councils, has passed the halfway mark.

By November working crews had replaced 8188 lights with LED globes in nine council areas including: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

The roll out statistics for each of the participating councils is listed below. The figures are the number of lights installed, the number of lights earmarked for installation and the percentage completed.

Penrith has had 855 lights installed already – making the job 47 per cent of the way done – there will be over 1800 when it is complete.

In the Blue Mountains, only 99 have been installed so far, so there is 85 per cent of the work still to be completed before they get their 650.

More efficient: LED lights will use less power, meaning reduction in emissions for electricity generation and cheaper council bills.

More efficient: LED lights will use less power, meaning reduction in emissions for electricity generation and cheaper council bills.

WSROC found street lighting costs around 55 per cent of council electricity costs, and the more efficient LED lights should help reduce that cost burden as well as be a more environmentally friendly product.

“It’s not just western Sydney looking at street lighting and the benefits of LEDs. WSROC has received calls and emails from other states and territories, to see how we’ve gone about it,’’ WSROC president Tony Hadchiti said.

“We are happy to share our insights and looking at where to next.”

Cr Hadchiti said WSROC was able to negotiate strongly with Endeavour Energy, who own the street lights, because they represent nine council voices, instead of just one.

“We have negotiated the best prices and worked through options for the LEDs, for installation costs and for the removal and recycling of the old mercury vapour lights,’’ he said.

“Nine councils give this project a powerful voice which proved to be a very efficient way to approach major street lighting upgrades.”

The Light Years Ahead project received funding of $5.3 million from the federal government and $2.6 million in funding provided by the nine participating councils and WSROC.

Installation is expected to be completed by March 2016, with wrap-up reporting and analysis to follow.

- Penrith – 855 installed, over 1810 earmarked, 47% complete

- Blue Mountains – 99 installed, over 650 earmarked, 15% complete

- Blacktown – 1418 installed, over 2250 lights earmarked, 63% complete

- Hawkesbury – 91 installed, over 550 lights earmarked, 17% complete

The story LEDs filling our streets with light first appeared on Penrith City Gazette.

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