LED lighting project
The light fantastic
Our LED program has been recognised for leadership and innovation at the 2014 Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (NSW) annual awards.
We have already saved almost $370,000 and reduced energy use more than 34% since March 2012, with the City's roll out of more than 4,100 energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) street and park lights.
LED produces light that appears brighter than traditional street and park lighting, and have been installed in central Sydney, Glebe, Darlinghurst, Zetland, Pyrmont, Kings Cross, Newtown and Redfern. The City's LED project is the first of its kind in Australia. The NSW Government is following our lead encouraging 41 councils across Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter regions to work with Ausgrid to implement similar LED lighting projects.
We will replace about 6,500 conventional lights with LEDs over the next 3 years. LED lights use 40% less electricity than conventional bulbs and produce 40% less carbon pollution.
New York, London and Hong Kong joined Sydney in another LED trial arranged by the international environment collective, the Climate Group.
More than 90% of people surveyed by the City said they found the new lights appealing and three-quarters said the LEDs improved visibility.
Public lighting accounts for one-third of the City’s annual electricity bill and a large part of its greenhouse gas emissions.The City is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 70% and installing LEDs is a major step towards reaching this goal.
One of the largest users of street lighting, the local area has 22,000 public lights installed. Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) maintains 13,500 lights and the City looks after 8,500.
LED lighting installations
Last updated: Wednesday, 29 October 2014