Low energy street lights

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Low energy street lights have great potential to greatly reduce carbon emissions.

  • In Victoria, Australia, every night more than 300,000 street lights are switched on.
  • Switching to greener globes (such as LEDs) would cost about $80 million.
  • Ownership of streetlight infrastructure varies between local councils. Victoria's deregulated power system has complicated matters as distributors own power poles and lights, while councils pay for electricity use and maintenance.
  • Some councils, such as Nillumbik Shire Council in north-east Melbourne, have already budgeted for low-energy lights, but are asking for more money from the State Government.
  • Street lights currently constitute about one-third of total emissions for local councils.
  • Local tests of the low-energy lights, which are already used in parts of NSW and South Australia, have shown they consume about a third of the energy for the same output as the current 80-watt mercury vapour lamps.

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