An LED street light highlights the rain in Vogel St. Photo
by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin's warehouse precinct is the first to get a taste
of new technology set to light the city.
As part of an upgrade of the area, the Dunedin City Council
has installed 10 LED street lights in Water and Vogel Sts.
LEDs are likely be installed across Dunedin as the council
upgrades its 14,920 high pressure sodium street light lamps
during the next few years, roading maintenance engineer Peter
The total lighting change will cost $6 million.
However, savings in electricity and maintenance costs mean
the lights will pay for themselves within five years, he
People wanting to see the new lighting should visit the
The new lights are whiter and brighter, and light spill is
There is potential to install a central management system to
allow light levels to be varied, for lights to be
motion-activated, and to have lights switch themselves on and
off as it gets lighter or darker, he says.
There is also scope for lights to be solar- or wind-powered.