LED lights for all new subdivisions

19:37, Feb 06 2013

Energy-efficient LED lighting will be a must in all new subdivisions in the Timaru district, and any streets where cabling is going underground will also be considered for a change of lighting.

A report to yesterday's Timaru District Council district services committee indicated it would cost between $2.2 million and $2.5m to upgrade the district's more than 3000 street lights to energy efficient LEDs.

With no external subsidies available for the work in the next few years, councillors agreed to reconsider the options in time for the 2015-2025 long-term plan.

In the meantime, councillors have agreed that LED lighting should be required in all new subdivisions.

One or two streets in the district were undergrounded each year, and the option of installing LED lighting would be considered when that happened, district services manager Ashley Harper told the meeting.

Lighting in car parks could also be changed over time.

Auckland Transport is replacing 40,000 lights with LEDs during the next five years at a cost of $25m, but it is expecting savings of $30m over the next 20 years.


The Timaru Herald