Bright ideas for city lighting

After turning our clocks back at the end of daylight saving, now is a great time to reflect on our city’s commitment to safe and sustainable lighting.

Good public lighting improves visibility for pedestrians and road users, enhances safety, and helps create interesting spaces and events.

Here are six fast facts about lighting in our buildings, streets and parks.

1. Indoor lights
We switched to energy-efficient, longer-lasting LED lighting technologies at our libraries, recreation centres, sporting clubs, and Melbourne Town Hall. This will save us more than 400,000 kWh of energy and 469 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

2. Street lights
We have also upgraded all of our street lighting – that’s more than 12,000 lights – to LED technology, working in partnership with CitiPower. An environmental management plan is in place for the works and all old lights will be recycled.

3. Smart technology
Our new LED street lights have smart PE cells that allow them to communicate through our smart meter network. That means we can remotely program the lights, monitor performance and respond to faults more easily. We aim to use similar smart-city sensor technology for more applications in future.

4. Park lighting
We’re working with Victoria Police to improve lighting and public safety in Melbourne’s parks. We have committed $250,000 to upgrade sections of Princes Park, and work has already begun to install new light poles. Upgrades are also planned for Birrarung Marr, Enterprize Park, Boathouse Drive and Flagstaff Gardens.

5. Dealing with dayburners
Street lights that fail to switch off during the day are known as ‘dayburners’. Fixing 10 dayburners saves 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, which is equivalent to the emissions from three average cars.

6. How to report street light faults
Do your bit to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reporting dayburners and other faulty street lights. Depending on where they are located, CitiPower, Jemena and the City of Melbourne are responsible for fixing faulty street lights. Find out who to contact.

To find out more visit Street Lighting.