The next municipality to begin installing LED street lights through the Northern Lights Project is Break O’Day Council in early September. Their installation will involve changing over 618 of their current residential street lights to energy efficient luminaires.
The new lights will be up to 82% more efficient than the existing 80W mercury vapour lights, leading to significant cost and energy savings for Council. Despite an initial capital outlay, the reduced operation and maintenance costs of the lights mean that the project will be cash flow positive between 6-7 years. From that point onward, Council will incur savings, adding up to over $930,000 over the 20-year life of the lights.
In addition, by making this change, Break O’Day will save the equivalent of over 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to lighting 36 average Australian homes for 20 years.