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Brighter, whiter, cheaper – LED roll out

This page contains information about the LED luminaires roll out across our District.
Updated: 17/01/2018 12:00 a.m.

As the Christmas lights are being taken down, local companies McKay and Currie Electrical will be lighting things up again as they begin the roll out of LED luminaires across our District.

Project Manager Mark Seakins said that before Christmas, Council installed LED lights at Onerahi and Whangarei Heads and we have received positive feedback on them.

"We’ve now awarded contracts for the roll out of the remaining 2,800 LED luminaires on local roads throughout the District.    

“The northern area contract was awarded to Currie Electrical and the southern contract was awarded to McKay,” he said.

Mr Seakins said that the work is being done as part of the overall project to convert all the streetlights in our District to LED and will consist of a like-for-like replacement of the existing lights with LEDs.

“The project will reduce power and maintenance costs and provide a better quality of light.   The brightness of the lights should stay about the same at ground level and the whiter light should provide better illumination of the road and footpath. Once the LED lights have been installed, Council will be surveying light output to identify any dark areas that do not meet lighting levels and to determine possible future upgrades." 

The old luminaires will be recycled to recover any metals and other recyclable materials.  

NZTA are funding 85 percent of this $2 million project and the whole project is to be completed by 30 June 2018. 



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