LED streetlights on trial

18 September 2012

Power and Water Corporation and the City of Darwin today installed the first Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights as part of a trial.

City of Darwin Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim said she was excited about the new technology of the LED street lighting and was keen to see the possibilities it offered.

"This new technology has the potential to improve light quality and significantly cut greenhouse emissions as well as reduce electricity and maintenance costs,” she said.

“The joint trial involves installing 26 LED streetlights in Valder Crescent in Rapid Creek and VRD Drive in Leanyer.”

Power and Water completed a technical review of the commercial products available and selected the streetlights for this trial.

The trial will test the effectiveness and efficiency of LED street lighting technologies over 12 months and take into consideration public feedback on the look and impression of the lights.

Paul Ascione, Group Manager Strategy and Planning, Power Networks said he welcomed the opportunity to work with the City of Darwin in conducting the trials.

“LED technology and the lifespan of LED lamps offer significant energy-saving potential,” he said.

If the trials prove successful, Power and Water and the City of Darwin will consider changing to LED street lighting over a period of time which will lead to longer term emissions reductions and overall cost savings which will be of great benefit to the community as a whole.

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First LED streetlight installation at VRD Drive, Leanyer

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