Tauranga LED streetlight upgrades continue

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The final part of the project to upgrade the city’s streetlights to LED lights is now underway and expected to be completed by mid-2021. 

More than 7000 streetlights were replaced with LED lights in residential Tauranga areas over the last year.

Council contractors will upgrade around 5000 more on the city’s major roads, arterial routes, industrial areas and the city centre in the next six months.

The project is part of a nationwide initiative supported by the Government and funded by Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) who are paying for 85 per cent of the upgrade costs.

The new LED lights will pay for themselves within ten years, taking into account reduced energy costs and maintenance. 

Tauranga City Council Infrastructure Project Manager, Wayne Troughton, says the upgrade to LED makes sense from an environmental factor as well as a financial one, as LED lights use between 50 to 75 per cent less electricity than traditional streetlights. 

“This means reduced demand for electricity, which ultimately benefits the city and the country as a whole. The new lights will last up to 20 years – whereas the current ones only last around four years.

"The LED lights have improved directional lighting, meaning less impact for residents and the old streetlights are also broken down and recycled, where possible."

Upgrading the current lights to LED means Tauranga City Council is also installing a central control system for streetlights, which will track the performance of individual lights and control them remotely. 

Further information on upgrading steetlights to LED

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Posted on 31-12-2020 11:57 | By Kancho

LED lights are better more efficient power use and even better some of the tax money from road taxes comes to ratepayers. A win in my book albeit a small step countering significant council problems

Payback info

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Posted on 27-12-2020 06:55 | By

Payback in NZ for LED street lighting is 11 years according to NZTA.

Payback period

Posted on 26-12-2020 11:46 | By Johnney

Average LED payback is 2.7 years so why are these 10 years. My guess the council has been routed on costs.

Pooles Rd then.

Posted on 26-12-2020 11:18 | By Cynical Me

The poles in Pooles rd are far between and are quite short. The lights therefore don’t illuminate the foot[ath as they do elsewhere. Is there any chance if anyone is listening that they could either add more poles or change the short poles for higher ones so the lights are at the correct height?