12 December 2017
New LED street lights for Gore
Gore’s streets will soon have a different glow at night with the Council replacing the high pressure sodium lights with LED street lights.
Replacement of the 1304 street lights is due to start in April/May next year. Residents will know their street has been done when the traditional orange light changes to a white light.
Six LEDs have already been installed in Broughton Street, between Devon and Albany streets, to demonstrate the difference between the two lighting systems.
Transport manager Peter Standring said a number of factors contributed to the Council’s decision to replace the old high pressure sodium lights.
“LED lights are a better option all round. They are more energy efficient, have lower maintenance costs and have less light spill into the night sky, which is perfect for star gazers.”
They also come with a 10 year guarantee and provide better colour rendition, making it easier to see colours at night.
The New Zealand Transport Agency supports the installation of LEDs and is providing an 85% subsidy for the work. The Council is funding the remainder.
The changeover will cost approximately $795,440.