LED lighting program 2020

Drone view Fullarton to Adelaide CBD

The City of Unley recently successfully replaced approximately 2500 street lights with LED lighting across all ‘local streets’ within the city. We are now currently undertaking a bulk upgrade of its street lighting across all Council-owned ‘major roads’, this will involve the replacement of approximately 500 street lights and the installation of approximately 50 new LED lights to ensure compliance with current Australian Standards.

The existing street lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED luminaires, including new PE cells, which are up to 60% more energy efficient and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and Council's carbon footprint. 

These new street lights will also increase lighting quality, with more light being directed toward the ground while reducing the light spill into private property.

When will the works be taking place?

Works will occur from March 2021 to May 2021.

When will the works be occurring in my area?

Specific works schedules are developed on a week-by-week basis. Weather and other contributing factors can result in delays.

Who is installing the new lights and removing the old ones?

Enerven will install and remove the lights. They will be liaising with Council throughout the project.

Why did council choose these lights?

The lighting system has been approved by SA Power Networks, the distribution company that owns the lighting infrastructure.

The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regard to safety and light levels. Trial results have demonstrated they have superior performance to the existing lights. The upgrade lighting has:

  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Improved ‘colour rendering’ and visibility, and
  • Less depreciation of the light output over time.

Who makes the lights?

The lights are made by SylvaniaSchreder. They are assembled in Australia.

How long do the lights last?

The luminaire (the main body of the light including the LED light source) will last about 20 years.

Who owns the lights?

The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution business SA Power Networks, however Council is responsible for the overall management of street lighting.

Are the old lights recycled?

Yes. The recycling of old lights taken down during a bulk change is the responsibility of the installer.

The tender for installation of the lights specifies waste disposal requirements, which includes the recycling of around 98% of the old lights.

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. The aluminium body and other fixed components (for example, steel screws and copper wires) are collected and end up as ingots used in industry.

Who do I call if I have any enquiries about the works?

Please contact the City of Unley’s Senior Assets and Engineering Lead on 8372 5111 or via email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au.