From early November 2017 the suburbs of Glenview, Melville and Dinsdale will be the first Hamilton suburbs to have all existing streetlights replaced by lower-maintenance, more efficient LED lights.
See the map on this page for the proposed timings for the rollout through the city.
The project is part of a nationwide initiative supported by the NZ Transport Agency that will bring substantial savings to the city.
The Transport Agency is funding around $4.7 million of the $5.7 million cost of the first two stages of the project. The Council's contribution will pay for itself in the next few years through considerable cost savings in maintenance and power consumption, estimated at around $250,000 annually.
The replacement programme will take until the end of 2018 but is not expected to cause any disruption for residents. Installation takes around half an hour per light and it is expected most residents probably won't notice the work in their street until after the new lights are up.
There is a difference in the colour and focus of the new lights and in some other areas of the country there has been a perception that the LED lights are not as bright. Testing shows the light levels are at least as good as previously but with less of a diffused glow. The Council has looked at the best options for Hamilton and will be using specific lighting designs, a higher-specification lamp and a 'warm white' light colour where appropriate for a softer look.
This project focuses on lamp replacement, rather than installing new poles and lamps, but part of the project includes a full audit of current lighting levels.
Waste minimisation is a priority for the Council and specialised recyclers ensure disposal of the old lights will have no impact on landfill. Aluminum components are recycled into ingots for foundry applications while glass is separated and recycled into glass wool for home insulation.
Hamilton City Council earlier this year approved the first two stages of a planned five-stage process. The following stages of the project in coming years include decorative and under-verandah lighting and are subject to funding approval. The project is being delivered by Council's partner Infrastructure Alliance and a joint purchasing agreement with Waikato District Council has provided further economies.
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