Over a quarter of Canberra’s streetlights now LED lamps

Lachlan Roberts 11 October 2019 43
 Canberra streetlights

It is expected that the new LED streetlights will save 20,000,000 kilowatt-hours per year in energy consumption. Photo: File.

Thirty per cent of Canberra’s street lights have now been replaced with what the ACT Government believes are smarter, more reliable and efficient LED lights.

Under the government’s streetlight contract with Electrix signed in May 2018, over 24,500 of Canberra’s 80,000 streetlights have now been upgraded to environmentally friendly and brighter LED lamps. The rollout of new LED streetlights across the ACT officially began in September last year. Weston was the first suburb to have the energy-efficient lighting installed.

Minister for Roads and Active Travel Chris Steel said the advantages of upgrading to LED lighting included a longer lifespan of up to 20 years, improved energy efficiency, lower maintenance requirements and greater visibility.

“The rollout of new streetlights has generated a 32 per cent energy saving, three per cent more than forecast by this time,” Mr Steel said.

“Unlike regular streetlights, the light output from LED luminaires is highly directional, which means more light can be directed towards where it is needed, resulting in less wasted and nuisance light. ”

Mr Steel said he expects the streetlights will eventually provide a reduction of 20,000,000 kilowatt-hours per year in energy consumption.

A new digital Central Management System has also been developed, with real-time monitoring that will automatically detect and notify of failures such as a blown bulb or cable problem, allowing repairs to be fixed within a day.

road resurfacing program

Around a million square metres of roads will also be resurfaced this financial year. Photo: File.

Mr Steel also announced the beginning of the annual road resurfacing program which will see over 230 lane kilometres, or approximately 1,000,000 square metres of roads, resurfaced this financial year, starting in Tuggeranong and Weston Creek.

Streets in 21 suburbs will be resurfaced this financial year at a cost of $16.2 million.

A number of major roads will also be resealed as part of the program, including sections of Isabella Drive, Tuggeranong Parkway, Kingsford Smith Drive, Belconnen Way, Gungahlin Drive and Well Station Drive.

A further 100,000 square metres of other resurfacing works, including asphalt overlays and microsurfacing, will be conducted on Tuggeranong Parkway, Streeton Drive and Belconnen Way.

“Our continued investment in road resurfacing ensures that we can meet our target of four per cent of municipal roads and five per cent of main roads being resurfaced this year to keep Canberrans moving,” Mr Steel said.

“Resurfacing our roads ensures the life of our roads and improves safety by covering small cracks and imperfections, making sure Canberrans can continue to move around our city safely and efficiently.”

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43 Responses to Over a quarter of Canberra’s streetlights now LED lamps
Capital Retro Capital Retro 7:53 am 26 Aug 20

Another example of the Green/Labor ACT government planning our future by destroying the present.

JS9 JS9 9:17 am 14 Oct 19

I feel they are a vast improvement on the old lights in broad terms. But the upgrade needs to be coupled with not only a replacement of existing lights, but supplementation of the network where there are huge gaps and poor lighting quality to begin with.

As for some of the other comments on this thread – very amusing. From streetlights somehow communicating 5G data despite there not being a 5G network yet in the vast majority of the city (and what precisely would they be using to achieve ‘surveillance’, given they are just light bulbs after all), to the loopies who don’t understand what curtains are….

Andrea Wild Andrea Wild 7:48 am 13 Oct 19

I asked for a shield to be installed on the streetlight outside my house, which has helped reduce the glare from the bulbs. You can fill out this form to request one: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/forms/fixmystreet

    Paul Dowden Paul Dowden 10:56 pm 13 Oct 19

    Andrea Wild oh, thank goodness. There’s one three poles away from our house - in the next street- that is at friggin’ eye level when I’m in bed and it aligns with a crack in the blinds. Drives me bonkers.

Andrea Wild Andrea Wild 7:44 am 13 Oct 19

The disadvantages include extreme brightness, glare problems and colour temperature of 4000K. These streetlights need shields and colour temp of 3000K or less. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/american-medical-association-warns-of-health-and-safety-problems-from-white-led-streetlights-61191

Billy Watson Billy Watson 9:50 pm 12 Oct 19

To make Canberra feel even darker at night?

Bill Gemmell Bill Gemmell 7:41 pm 12 Oct 19

Not sure this project has been thought through that well. My trouble with LED lights is the constant change from really well lit to just plain dark now when walking home after dark. Makes it hard to see the unrepaired potholes and ruts caused by Bob the Bogan' unfettered parking of his SUV on the nature strips etc. When driving at night the constant light and shade can actually disguise hazards. I hear that the frequency these lights operate on can cause some people to feel quite ill with nausea and headaches. I also note that the data about the lights is being transmitted across the 5G spectrum - does this mean the government has created a surveillance network by stealth?

Catherine Pitt Catherine Pitt 7:08 pm 12 Oct 19

Yeah don’t like them.

Jonno Hasselhoff Jonno Hasselhoff 6:39 pm 12 Oct 19

Great stuff.

Lisa Sharp Lisa Sharp 6:15 pm 12 Oct 19

Sad really that they are promoting this as a positive when it's affecting our wildlife.


Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 6:12 pm 12 Oct 19

I too, am somehow angry by this.

Kerri Hallas Kerri Hallas 5:47 pm 12 Oct 19

I hate them they are too bright bring back the orange ones...

Capital Retro Capital Retro 5:19 pm 12 Oct 19

Is this why the bogong moths have disappeared?

Annie Wyer Annie Wyer 4:19 pm 12 Oct 19

It’s a shame you don’t use the yellow light bulbs, the spread of light is much further than the white bulbs, and it’s less harsh.

Gordon Gullock Gordon Gullock 4:13 pm 12 Oct 19

Andrea Wild sharing the pain

Brett Sargeant Brett Sargeant 3:03 pm 12 Oct 19

I wish they would use a warmer colour which would be easier on the eyes and better for wildlife at night

Kerry Crampton Kerry Crampton 2:11 pm 12 Oct 19

I hate the led lights they are replacing the old globes with in businesses/shopping centres. They give me headaches and I’ve spoken to others who also work in retail that say the same.

    Ben Garden Ben Garden 1:23 pm 14 Oct 19

    Right. I suppose you hate electric cars too cause they don't sound like a "real" car that uses Petrol.....It's illogical to not progress to using energy more efficiently when you can.

Brett Griffiths Brett Griffiths 1:51 pm 12 Oct 19

Would have been nice with the LED technology if they could change light colour, when fog is detected, to assist driving and safety then. Maybe over time with this new connected technology, this is a possibility that may be available?

    Ashley Wright Ashley Wright 1:13 am 13 Oct 19

    Brett Griffiths overhead lights do nothing for fog. They need to be low, hence why fog lights on cars are mostly lower than standard headlights.

Jason Hanlon Jason Hanlon 1:42 pm 12 Oct 19

That’s really good, they should make them only come on when theirs movement, is already setup in some countries

Colin Henshaw Colin Henshaw 1:07 pm 12 Oct 19

Pity this was not thought out better. Brighter lighting is not necessary. When construed to be necessary, it should only be bright enough to enable the eyes to function better in the darkness. The lights should have a low colour temperature (1750K) and if deployed in residential and suburban areas should be motion operated and subject to an 11p.m. till dawn curfew.

Smita Patel Smita Patel 12:50 pm 12 Oct 19

They are awful. I have to wear my blue light blockers every time I go into my front yard

    Bri Travalos Bri Travalos 7:03 pm 25 Aug 20

    Ian McLeod I actually think the LED lights aren’t nearly as bright as the old ones were.

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