The City of Sydney completed a major program to install energy efficient LEDs in street and park lights across its entire local council area. The program began in 2012 and was completed by December 2015. They were the first council in Australia to replace their inefficient conventional HID street and park lights with LEDs all across the council area.
The city trialled various energy-efficient lighting options through several pilot projects. The joint venture of GE Lighting and UGL was eventually successful in winning the 3-year LED replacement program. Over the course of the three-year period from 2012 to 2015, the city replaced 6,600 conventional lights, which equated to over 75% of publicly owned street lighting.
The lighting replacement program resulted in reduction of energy consumption by 47%, representing substantial savings in annual electricity bills and maintenance costs, equating to total energy savings of 2.5 million kilowatt hours per year and total greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 2,400 tonnes per year.
A wide range of GE LED Luminaires were used for the project. Some of the notable ones were:
- R250 street lights
- Twin contemporary post top
- Area lighters
- Scalable wall pack
Following the replacement program, over the past few years, the city has been using GE LEDs for all new development projects/green field sites. We continue to supply the latest generation of the luminaires mentioned above to the city, such as the ECO R250 and Twin Contemporary Gen2 offering further energy savings and enabling future smart connectivity.