An enlightened move

An LED street light highlights the rain in Vogel St. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
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 Standring says.

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 said.

People wanting to see the new lighting should visit the Warehouse precinct.

The new lights are whiter and brighter, and light spill is contained better.

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.

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