Lighting the way on energy savings
18 April 2013
Council has started work on a three year plan to reduce Bayside’s energy consumption by replacing street lights with more energy efficient lights and removing some lights.
Mayor Cr Stephen Hartney said the new lights perform better, last longer and are more than twice as efficient as the existing lights. The existing lights are nearing the end of their useful life and are at their dimmest.
“Street lights contribute around half of Council’s total carbon emissions. Changing the street lights will reduce emissions by more than 38,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to 9,000 less cars on the road.
“It is also expected to save $10 million in electricity and maintenance costs over the next 20 years.
“The new lights will be similar in brightness to the old lights when they were new. Visibility will be improved as the light will spread more evenly along the footpath.
“In some areas, the lighting levels are well in excess of Australian standards. Most of the excess lights are in Sandringham where the lighting is well above that of all other Bayside suburbs.
“Removing lights in these areas will reduce over-lighting and energy consumption while still meeting standards agreed by technical experts for the safer use of roads by pedestrians and vehicles”, said Cr Hartney.
A comprehensive and detailed design process involved engineers assessing every light in the municipality against the Australian Standard and identifying which lights were needed and those that could be removed. This assessment took into account tree cover and bus routes.
A trial was then conducted in the most affected area of Sandringham and residents were consulted on the impacts of the changes. The trial identified some dark spots and three lights were reinstalled for legitimate design reasons. The design for the whole municipality was then adjusted to address the results of the trial and feedback from residents.
Council contractors will start work in the areas north of Dendy Street and Centre Road at the end of the month. The works will not impact on parking and will have very minimal, if any, effect on traffic flow.
For more information about the street light upgrade go to bayside.vic.gov.au/streetlights or contact Council on 03 9599 4444.
Page last updated: 18 Apr 2013