The City of Casey is leading the way on greener lighting
The City of Casey has upgraded street lights throughout the municipality in a move that will reduce energy use and associated costs.
Approximately 9,200 mercury vapour lights have been replaced with energy efficient LED street lights. The project will reduce Council’s street lighting greenhouse gas emissions by around 3,700 tonnes each year.
The City of Casey has contributed $3.1 million towards the street lighting replacement program and acknowledges the Australian Government’s contribution of $1.3 million.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did Council choose these particular lights?
The LED lights have:
- Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
- Better “colour rendering” and visibility
- Less depreciation of the light output over time
- Higher energy efficiency – up to 77 percent reduction in energy use per light
- Lower greenhouse gas emissions and running costs
- Technology which lasts longer and has lower light spill
Is there a spike in electricity use when the lights are turned on?
There is no electricity spike when street lights are turned on. This is similar to the myth regarding residential lights.
Who makes the lights?
Any replacement lights used on the public lighting network needs the approval of the distribution business (Ausnet Services) who owns the asset. For LED lights, currently there is only one supplier who has their product approved by Ausnet Services.
How long do the lights last?
The luminaire (the main body of the light) and photoelectric cells will last about 20 years and the poles last around 35 years.
Who actually owns the lights?
The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution business Ausnet Services. Council and the Australian Government is investing in the LED technology to reduce energy use associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Are the old lights recycled?
Yes. Approximately 98 percent of the old lights have been recycled by the installer. For example, the glass collected is recycled into products such as glass wool insulation for homes, the mercury is distilled and reused in the dental industry to manufacture amalgam and the aluminium body and other fixed components (for example, steel screws and copper wires) are collected and used again.
How can I be more energy efficient at home?
No matter where you live, or what your budget, you can make considerable energy savings at home. Making some simple changes to household habits and behaviour or changing to a newer technology can mean real energy and cost savings. You'll not only improve the comfort of your home and save money on energy bills—you'll also help reduce greenhouse gases and the impact on our environment. For more information on saving energy visit the Your Energy Savings website.