LED Street Lighting Upgrade

Frankston City Council is upgrading 7,000 fluorescent street lights with energy efficient LEDs across Frankston City.

This project was identified by Council as a way to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and costs. It is an important project supporting Council’s climate emergency response and goal to be carbon neutral (zero net emissions) by 2025.

The LEDs are up to 53 per cent more efficient than the lights they are replacing and the project is expected to save Council approximately $2.6 million over the life of the light fittings.

In addition, the LED lights will provide better lighting outcomes through:

  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Better colour and visibility
  • Less loss of brightness over time
  • Less glare and light pollution
  • Greater reliability
  • Lower maintenance costs

The new lights have a longer life and are expected to last up to 20 years. The old lights will be deconstructed and recycled.

The project will significantly reduce Council’s carbon footprint, reducing emissions by as much as taking 110 cars off the road each year, in line with the Towards Zero Emissions Plan (2019-2023) and Council’s zero net emissions target.

Timing of works: Works will begin in December 2020 and are expected to be completed by July 2021, however may be impacted by weather and other factors.

Contractor: Ironbark Sustainability is managing the project on behalf of Council and ETS/CBM Resources have been contracted to install the lights. The contractor will be liaising with Council throughout the project.

Disruption Expected: It will take less than five minutes to replace a street light so any disruptions, including to traffic flow, should not last long and residents’ and visitors’ cars can remain parked on the streets.

The map below shows that as of 27 January 2021, 1044 lights (14.9%) have been successfully replaced.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do this project now?

This project was identified by Council as a way to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage and costs.

This is an important project supporting Council’s climate emergency response and goal to be carbon neutral (zero net emissions) by 2025.

In addition, the LED lights will lead to better lighting outcomes for the municipality.

When will the project take place?

Installation works will begin in December 2020 and are expected to be completed by June 2021. You can visit our website to see when works are due to start in your suburb. Please note, weather and other factors can result in delays.

Will I be notified when you are in my street?

You can visit our website to see when works are expected to start in your suburb. Please note, weather and other factors can result in delays.

What does the project involve?

Around 7,000 street lights will be replaced with energy efficient and better quality LED lights. Light levels will be made more consistent across the area.

The project will involve the replacement of lights mostly found on residential streets.

How is the project being funded and what is the cost?

Council has allocated a budget of $1.71m to fund this project over 2020/2021 financial year.

How will the works affect my street on the day?

Changing a street light involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crew members. It takes less than five minutes to replace a street light so any disruptions, including to traffic flow in your street, should not last long. Residents’ and visitors’ cars can remain parked on the streets. Works are expected to take place on weekdays between 7am to 3:30pm.

Who is installing the new lights?

Council has contracted ETS/CBM Resources to install the lights. Ironbark Sustainability, which is managing the installation on behalf of Council, will also manage the contractor and liaise with Council throughout the project.

Why did Council choose these particular lights?

We engaged Ironbark Sustainability to prepare a report on street lighting replacement options, which looked at costs, maintenance requirements, technology comparisons, energy usage and potential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 

The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards and are already operating in a number of councils throughout Victoria.

The final design is based on the best outcome for Council and our community.

The new lights will provide better lighting outcomes through:

  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Better colour rendering and visibility
  • Less depreciation of the light output over time
  • Less glare and light pollution
  • Greater reliability
  • Lower maintenance costs

Why LED and not solar?

Solar street lights are not approved for use by United Energy, the local electricity distributor.

How much energy, greenhouse gas emissions and money will this project save?

This project will save energy and money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will:

  • Save around 9,600 tonnes of greenhouse emissions between now and 2040 (equivalent to removing 110 cars each year for the next 20 years)
  • Achieve energy and maintenance cost savings of around $2.6 million over the life of the assets (about 20 years)

Is there a spike in electricity use when the lights are turned on?

There is not an electricity spike when street lights are turned on. This is easy to test and prove with simple power monitors.

Who makes the lights?

Sylvania-Schreder has been engaged by Council to provide the materials for the upgrades.

How long do the lights last?

The luminaire (the main body of the light) will last about 20 years. The photoelectric cells last 10 years and the poles last around 35 years.

Who actually owns the lights?

The lights that are owned and maintained by United Energy. United Energy owns the poles and wires that distribute the electricity to the Frankston municipality. Council pays for the electricity and the ongoing maintenance of the lights.

Are the old lights recycled?

Yes. The installer is responsible for recycling the lights taken down during the bulk change over. The tender for installation of the lights specifies waste disposal requirements including the recycling of around 98 per cent of the old lights. For example, the glass collected is recycled into products such as glass wool insulation for homes. The mercury is distilled and reused in the dental industry to manufacture amalgam. The aluminium body and other fixed components (for example, steel screws and copper wires) are collected and end up as blocks of metal used in industry.

How can I get more information about the works?

If you would like more information about the project contact Council on 1300 322 322.

LED Street Light Upgrade