The City of Whitehorse’s street lights are about to shine more sustainably thanks to a switch to energy efficient globes.
A total of 3,144 light bulbs will be replaced across the municipality over the next two financial years as part of Council’s Green Street Lighting Project. This follows Council’s earlier bulk streetlight changeover of approximately 5,000 light bulbs, which was undertaken between November 2013 and April 2014.
Each of the remaining existing 80-watt mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED luminaires including new PE cells, which are 82 per cent more energy efficient.
These new globes will also increase lighting quality, with light being directed toward the ground where it is needed instead of into the sky.
A: Between April 2017 and September 2017
A: 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.
A: The changeover of a street light 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 cars can remain parked on streets.
A: Lendlease Services Pty Limited will install and remove the lights. They will be liaising with Council throughout the project.
A: The lights are made by a company that has been approved for use in Australia according to Australian Standard AS1158 and are made in Australia.
A: The luminaire (the main body of the light) will last about 20 years. The lamps (or globes) will last at least 4 years and probably longer. The photoelectric cells last 8 years.
A: The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution business United Energy.
A: 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 included the recycling of around 98% of the old lights. For example, the glass collected is recycled into products such as glass wool insulation for homes. The mercury is distilled and reused in the dental industry to manufacture amalgam. The aluminium body and other fixed components (for example, steel screws, copper wires) are collected and ends up as ingots used in industry.
A: The total capital cost of the project is around $1.6 million, fully funded by Council, with a payback period of 6 years.
A: Please download the Bulk Changeover of Street Lighting Phase 2 (740.93kB) information sheet.
A: For further information, please call Robert Kennedy on (03) 9262 6378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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