New Zealand Government announces NZTA policy change to convert street lighting to LED

The Government of New Zealand will make funding for LED road lighting conversion more accessible.

Image credit: Access Lighting
Image credit: Access Lighting

Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges announced a NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) policy change that will allow easier access to funding for local authorities that want to upgrade road lighting to LED at yesterday’s Road Lighting Conference held in Auckland.

According to the Minister’s news release, nearly $66 million will be spent on conversion of the existing road lighting to LED.  Starting from 2018, another $39 million may be spent in a period of three years for the LED upgrade.

Currently there are around 370,000 road lights in New Zealand and only 2% use LED technology, with the rest being HPS (high pressure sodium) lamps.

“The accelerated renewal LED conversion programme will ensure capital is available to all councils that wish to undertake this work in the immediate future,” Mr Bridges said.

“The whole of life cost of LED lighting is around 20 per cent lower than current lighting, thanks to lower energy usage and lower maintenance costs. LED road lighting can also improve urban road safety by making colours and objects clearer to drivers, reduce crime and vandalism, and reduce light pollution because they have less of a light ‘spill’, allowing residents to more easily enjoy our stunning Southern Hemisphere skies. Conversion to LED lighting is a smart choice for communities.”

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