Q: When will the works be occurring in my area?
A: The majority of Lighting the West works were completed in May 2016. Around 500 of the more difficult lights to replace are currently being installed in Wyndham and are expected to be complete by November 2016.
Q: How will the works affect my street on the day?
A: The changeover of street lights involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crewmembers. 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.
Q: What lights are being used?
A: Moonee Valley and Maribyrnong are using a T5 fluorescent model, Hobsons Bay are using a 32W Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) and Wyndham are a combination of LED and CFL lights.
Q: Why did Council choose these particular lights?
A:The light technology chosen are proven and reliable energy efficient technology. Council considers them to be the best options currently available in light fittings approved by Jemena and Powercor, the distribution companies that owns the lighting infrastructure, delivering the best value for money over its expected life span. The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regards to safety and light levels.
The new lights will deliver:
Higher energy efficiency
Better “colour rendering” and visibility.
Less depreciation of the light output over time.
Better Street Safety (less faults due to design improvements of selected lights)
Better management and reduction of spill light.
Q: Who actually owns the lights?
A: The lights are owned and maintained by energy distribution businesses Jemena or Powercor, depending on the municipality.
Q: Are the old lights recycled?
A: Yes. The recycling of old lights that are taken down during a bulk change is the responsibility of the installer. 100% of the old light components can be recycled. 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, copper wires) are collected and melted and used by industry.
Q: So what's next?
Lighting the West demonstrated the importance of energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse emissions, which will flow into the future for the entire community.
A business case for the replacement of remaining inefficient lights throughout Wyndham will be developed this year, focussing on major road lighting and remaining decorative lights.