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Seven-year rollout of smart streetlights across ACT begins in Weston

By Ian Bushnell 7 September 2018 19

Over half the ACT’s streetlights are to be replaced over the next seven years.

 The rollout of new LED streetlights across the ACT has officially begun, with Weston the first suburb to have the energy efficient lighting installed by provider Electrix.

Over half the ACT’s streetlights are to be replaced over the next seven years, as the city moves towards what the Government believes will be a smarter, more reliable and efficient network.

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

A new digital Central Management System was also being developed offering real-time monitoring of the network that will automatically detect failures such as a blown bulb or cable problem, allowing repairs to be addressed more quickly.

 “Smart streetlight technology means that we will now know when there is an outage and it can be fixed sooner,” Mr Steel said.

 Light output from LED streetlights was also highly directional, which meant a higher percentage of the light can be directed towards where it is required, resulting in less wasted and nuisance light.

 The upgrade would also contribute towards reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and support the ACT’s move towards zero net emissions by 2020.

 “The replacement of old streetlights with energy efficient LEDs will save the territory over 80,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, and save approximately 20,000,000 kWh a yearBy the end of the contract the Territory will save approximately $2 million annually in other operation and maintenance costs,” he said.

 Canberra has about 80,000 lights overall and more than 45,000 will be replaced, on existing light poles.

The ACT Government announced the new contract to replace the ACT streetlight network to provider Electrix in May.

Some older suburbs have already had LED lights installed, such as Kingston and Braddon.

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Vanessa Friedman 9:55 pm 07 Sep 18

Fisher? Our street lighting is dreadful 🙃

Jess Tan 7:36 pm 07 Sep 18

Tom Howieson we are living in the future

Donna Venables 6:49 pm 07 Sep 18

Why don’t they start in the old suburbs? Those old lights are hopeless.

Nic Miners 1:29 pm 07 Sep 18

Driving at night under these new LED lights is a literal headache, they’re so harsh and white.

Mat Barber 12:09 pm 07 Sep 18

First suburb? There’s already hundreds of LED lights installed on many major roads all over the city

    Ashley Wright 6:03 pm 07 Sep 18

    First whole suburb under this program.

    And yes there are plenty of LED street lights around. One gets damaged they usually replace it with LED. And new suburbs of course.

    Mat Barber 6:20 pm 07 Sep 18

    Whilst the new lights seem quite bright when you get up close to them, they seem to cast a better stronger beam over the road and the light seems more direct too, good for spotting the roo's in the early hours thats for sure

Wade Bermingham 12:02 pm 07 Sep 18

i find the bright blue of LED lights bloody irritating on the eyes

Denise Smith 11:03 am 07 Sep 18

Mmm I wonder what problems there will be with them. Everything the government rolls out seems to be a dud.

Peter Campbell 8:47 am 07 Sep 18

Do the Sulphur crested cockatoos like them?

Scott Welsh 7:17 am 07 Sep 18

Great investment!

    Dave Ferymtok Ward 7:26 am 07 Sep 18

    That depends on the cost to do the replacement and the payback period the $2m a year in savings offers. Since they last 20 years then is it a good investment if, say, the project costs $10m? $20m? We don't have enough information.

    Darren Mcintosh 7:38 am 07 Sep 18

    my understanding is that the project is capital neutral, I.e. the savings fund the upgrade

    Scott Welsh 7:45 am 07 Sep 18

    They’re more efficient. I don’t care if it costs us money, it’s a lot better for the environment and a drop in the ocean in terms of budget percentage.

    Dave Ferymtok Ward 9:54 am 07 Sep 18

    Scott Welsh ah! Sorry, you said investment. Now I see. You're right that it's worthwhile spending, especially if Darren Mcintosh is right and it's a neutral investment.

    Scott Welsh 9:57 am 07 Sep 18

    Yeah I meant investing in the environment. Though I think financially too long term

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