Australian Councils to save thousands in energy costs

Even though councils have had a wide variety of lighting forms to choose from, LED has emerged as the favourite. Having a lifespan of 20 years, LEDs are seen as the lighting technology of the future providing better direct lighting, low glare and expected to save around 77 per cent of the energy use compared to traditional street lighting.

Not only will LEDs spark a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gases as well as energy and maintenance costs, they are also expected to play a role in improving safety outcomes for drivers and pedestrians.

The Lighting the Regions is just one such example of the energy efficient street lighting revolution that is happening across Australia. There are similar projects being undertaken across the other states with the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (SSROC) Street Lighting Improvement Program in NSW, the Ipswich Street Lighting Retrofit Project in QLD, the Hobart and Glenorchy Street Lighting Replacement Project in Tasmania, to name a few.

Find out more on the progress of these street lighting projects in addition to other interesting topics covering lighting design for precincts, recreational facilities and much more at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit to be held on the 8 & 9 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The national event endorsed by the City of Melbourne draws over 150 lighting industry experts who will discuss strategies and new technologies for public lighting retrofits aimed at reducing energy consumption and costs. The Summit has established itself as the leading lighting event in the region focusing on street, urban and public lighting. The 2014 Summit witnessed the participation of over 40 councils from all over Australia committed to the deployment of innovative, intelligent and energy-efficient lighting initiatives throughout the country.

The 2014 Australian Smart Lighting Summit was a huge success and the general feedback was that participants appreciated the interactive nature and ability to talk and engage with a vast array of stakeholders.

Ian Dryden from the City of Melbourne said “The Smart Lighting Summit’s been fantastic. I’ve been really impressed with the fact that we’ve ended up with so many people, and a really diverse range of people, and I find with these things that you learn so much from the actual audience.”

“The summit was excellent. I particularly like that we had lighting manufacturers; people installing large-scale lighting; lots of questions from the floor and a fair bit of interaction. It’s really important to get different views with different ideas about how things should run or what the right types of technology are. This is the first of these events we’ve had in Australia. Sponsors have come on board, manufacturers, councils, there’s been a great response and if it was to run again we’d love to be involved,” commented Paul Brown from Ironbark Sustainability

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