LED Lighting Upgrade

7th August 2020
LED technology represent a saving of $1.2 million over 20 years.

In August 2020 Berri Barmera Council will commence the upgraded of over 500 public street lights with Light Emitting Diodes (LED) technology to improve efficiency and lower energy consumption.

The bulk replacement of the majority of our public street lights to LED technology represent a saving of $1.2 million over 20 years. Given significant recent electricity price rises, the impetus to reduce energy use is paramount and the cost savings would be immediate.

Why replace street lights across Berri Barmera Council?
To improve our street lighting network, reduce energy consumption, help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and reduce maintenance costs. It is estimated that over 20 years 1,326 tonnes of greenhouse gasses will be saved which equates to 66 tonnes per year. Plus the cost saving of $1.2 million over 20 years.

How much will it cost Council?
The project will cost Council approximately $300,000 and will be offset by future savings in electricity charges, lower maintenance costs due to the efficiency of LED technology, and reduced lighting tariffs.

What is the purpose of public street lighting?
Street lighting is important for pedestrian, vehicle and general public safety. Street lighting improves road user safety at night by illuminating roads and footpaths. Street lighting makes it easier for people to drive or walk along streets at night.

Street lighting is designed to light our streets and pedestrian walkways and provide a level of security to these areas.

LED lighting improves amenity and safety as LED lighting provides a consistent light, minimises glare, reduces environmental impact, minimises operating and maintenance requirements and provides improved visibility, allowing pedestrians and motorists to react quicker.

How does LED lighting compare to the old lighting technology?
LED lights are 82 per cent more energy efficient than the pre-existing mercury vapour lamps. They require less maintenance and generate a consistent warm to white light.

The white light generated from LEDs will vary from some of the pre-existing street lights which can appear yellow (high pressure sodium) and amber (low pressure sodium).

Although street lights may appear to be brighter (as the colour may be whiter) they will be more efficient in spreading light more evenly along and across footpaths and roads, and visibility along the street will be improved and look more natural.

The LED lights also provide less back spill into properties due to improved optics, with lighting more focused on the road and footpath area.

Who owns and manages street lights?
Lighting on local streets is owned by Council, and maintained by SA Power Networks on Council’s behalf.

What lights were not changed to LED as part of the project?
Main road, decorative, heritage and public reserve/sporting street lights were not changed as part of the initial project - the focus of the project was street lights in local streets.

How to report faults?
To report a street light not working or operating, you can visit the SA Power Networks website and report the fault, or call 13 13 66