LED Streetlights

Essential Energy have now completed all installations in the Armidale, Walcha, Guyra, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Inverell and Gwydir council areas.   LEDs represent the latest in lighting technology and are being installed across the world including cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Seattle and London.

Around 5,000 street lights have been upgraded under the project which  received funding from the Commonwealth Government.  These are lights on 'P-category' roads, which are the residential streets in towns and villages. 

The street lights which have been replaced are 50-100 watt lights.  The new LED lights  average around 24 watts, saving councils and ratepayers around $200,000 per year in electricity costs.

In addition, LED lights are expected to have a much longer lifespan than the old lights (50-100,000 hours as opposed to 12-24,00 hours for mercury vapour lights), and also produce a better quality of light for improved visability and safety.  LEDs accurately deliver more light per watt of energy consumed.

The Project will also reduce the carbon footprint of the seven councils by over 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.