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Street lighting program 2020

Switching on to smarter street lighting

News Article Date: 
Friday, 14 August 2020

A further 903 street lights in Warrnambool will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights.

The new lights will improve energy efficiency, lower operating costs, and in most cases, will improve existing lighting levels across the City.

The wattage of the new LED lights  will vary from 17W to 275W and will replace existing globes with wattage which varies from 32W to 400W.
In summary:

  • 17W LEDs will replace 32W, 42W and 80W mostly mercury vapour globes;
  • 70W LEDs will replace 150W high pressure sodium globes;
  • 150W LEDs will replace 250W mercury vapour globes; and
  • 275W LEDs will replace 400W high pressure sodium globes.

Energy savings are expected to be in the order of 275,000 kWh or 275 MWh per year, equivalent to the total electricity usage of 18 average Australian homes in a year. 

The project will reduce annual carbon emissions of about 295 tonnes, equivalent to taking about 100 cars off the roads. 

The energy savings represent 6 per cent of the total Council electricity consumption for the 2019-2020 financial year with payback time for the project estimated at seven to eight years.

Cost of the supply and installation of the lights is about $1million.

Materials in the old light globes will be recycled and the new LEDs are expected to last about 20 years.

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