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Whakatane district goes LED
Posted at 12:51pm Saturday 15 Jul, 2017
The Whakatane District is going eco-friendly by converting all their streetlights to LED bulbs.
The district has already installed 400 LED fittings, but NZTA have confirmed that they will meet 85 per cent of the $2 million cost of installing LED units in the remaining 2100 lights.
The District’s $300,000 share of the project cost has been budgeted in the current Long Term Plan.
Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne has welcomed the Transport Agency’s investment and says LED lighting will contribute to better driving conditions and enhanced public safety.
“This is a great example of central and local government working together and utilising advanced technology to deliver an improved service which, at the end of the day, will save everybody money.”
LED lighting units provide a brighter and better-focused light it is also energy efficient and lasts up to six times longer (20-24 years) than a standard streetlight.
This means LED light units pay for themselves in 10-15 years, while energy use and maintenance gains across the District-wide streetlight network should generate close to $2 million in additional cost savings during their lifespan.
Installation of the new lights will begin in Murupara within the next few weeks, to tie-in with supply and switching improvements planned in the township.
Work in other rural communities will follow, with installations in Whakatane and Ohope to be completed before the end of the 2017/18 year.
The NZTA director of regional relationships Parekawhia McLean says there’s an increasing interest in replacing inefficient road lighting with LED.
“LED street lights come on instantly, last much longer and are shock and vibration-proof, so we understand why councils are seeing them as better options for communities.”
Other advantages of the new streetlights include a Wi-Fi based central management system, which allows all lights to be controlled from a central point, and automatic fault notifications, eliminating the need for programmed inspections.
Light intensities can also be dimmed during low use periods, or increased around event venues as required.