LED Lighting Upgrade

The City of Unley is currently undertaking a bulk upgrade of its street lighting involving the replacement of 2,585 street lights across the municipality, between May and June 2019.

LED Lighting Program

The City of Unley is currently undertaking a bulk upgrade of its street lighting involving the replacement of 2,585 street lights across the municipality, between May and June 2019.

Existing residential street lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED luminaires, including new PE cells, which are up to 76% more energy efficient.
These new street lights will also increase lighting quality, with more light being directed toward the ground where it is needed instead of into the sky.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the works be taking place?

    The works will be taking place from May to June 2019.

  • When will the works be occurring in my area?
    For a project of this size, specific works schedules are developed on a week-by-week basis. Weather and other contributing factors can result in delays.

    In broad terms, the rollout will take place in stages; commencing northern-side suburbs in May and concluding with southern-side suburbs in June.

    If you would like to discuss the rollout in your area, please contact the City of Unley on 8372 5111 or via email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au
  • How will the works affect my street on the day?

    The changeover of a street light involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crew members.

    It takes less than 5 minutes to replace a street light, so any disruptions to traffic flow in your street should not last long. Resident’s cars can remain parked on streets.

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

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

  • Why did Council choose these particular lights?

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

    The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regards to safety and light levels.

    Trial results have demonstrated that they have superior performance to the existing lights. The new lights have:

    • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street;
    • Better “colour rendering” and visibility; and
    • Less depreciation of the light output over time.
  • Purpose of Street Lighting

    Street lighting is important for pedestrian, vehicle and general public safety and improves road safety at night by illuminating roads and footpaths at intersections, traffic islands and pedestrian crossing points.

    Street lighting also makes it easier for people to drive or walk along streets at night.
    Street lighting is not designed to provide security lighting for privately owned properties. Lighting is designed to light our streets and pedestrian walkways only and to provide a level of security to those areas.

  • Who manufactures the lights?

    The lights are manufactured by Gerard Lighting. 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 for about 20 years.

  • Who actually owns the lights?

    The lights are owned and maintained by SA Power Networks.

  • Are the old lights recycled?

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

    The tender for installation of the lights specified waste disposal requirements, which include 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 City of Unley Customer Experience Team on 8372 5111 or via email at pobox1@unley.sa.gov.au