Whitehorse City Council

Street Lighting

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the works be taking place?

A: Between April 2017 and September 2017

Q: When will the works be occurring in my area?

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.

Q: How will the works affect my street on the day?

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.

Q: Who is installing the new lights and removing the old ones?

A: Lendlease Services Pty Limited will install and remove the lights. They will be liaising with Council throughout the project.

Q: Why did Council choose these particular lights?

A: The lighting system has been approved by distribution business United Energy, the distribution company that owns the lighting infrastructure. The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regards 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 and
  • Less depreciation of the light output over time.

Q: Who makes the lights?

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.  

Q: How long do the lights last?

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.

Q: Who actually owns the lights?

A: The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution business United Energy.

Q: Are the old lights recycled?

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.

Q: How much energy, greenhouse gas emissions and money will this project save?

A: This project will save energy and costs, and drastically reduce greenhouse emissions. It will:
  • Reduce energy consumption and associated costs by around 82%
  • Achieve energy and maintenance cost savings of over $5.8 million over the life of the assets
  • Save around 26,330 tonnes of greenhouse emissions to 2037, equivalent to removing 578 cars from the road each year for 20 years

Q: How much will the project cost?

A: The total capital cost of the project is around $1.6 million, fully funded by Council, with a payback period of 6 years.

Q: What are the differences between the old lights and the new lights?

A: Please download the pdf icon  Bulk Changeover of Street Lighting Phase 2 (740.93kB) information sheet.

Q: Who do I call if I have any enquiries about the works?

A: For further information, please call Robert Kennedy on (03) 9262 6378 or email robert.kennedy@whitehorse.vic.gov.au.