The City of Greater Dandenong has switched over 5320 old and inefficient mercury vapour street lights to modern energy efficient LED technology in 2015-16, resulting in greenhouse gas emissions savings of 1974 tonnes annually. During the period 2016-17, a further 765 inefficient mercury vapour lights will be replaced with modern efficient LED technology. This project is the largest energy reduction project in the Council’s history.
The new technology installed expected to produce greenhouse gas emissions savings of 39,484 tonnes over the next 20 years. In addition, a total of $7.43 million will be saved over the 20-year period through reduced energy and maintenance costs.
The lower energy consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions provided through the new LED lights, provides better lighting outcomes for the community, including:
- a greater uniformity of light across and along Greater Dandenong’s streets
- better colour rendering and visibility
- less depreciation of the light output over time
The installation of the new LED street lights has also resulted in safer lighting and stimulated the Australian economy through the choice of Australian made and owned products and services.
The payback period of the new LED street light installation is approximately seven years.
The 2015-16 project was completed in partnership with the Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program, United Energy. During 2017 in the months of May to July, a further 765 mercury vapour lights will be replaced with modern efficient LED technology . United Energy will continue to maintain the new lights throughout the municipality.
The below video demonstrates the installation and efficient light spill of the new LED street light technology.