The City of West Torrens provides lighting services in many public locations with approximately 8,500 public lights across the local area. Approximately 5,600 of the 8500 public lights across the City are operated and maintained by South Australian Powers Networks (SAPN) on behalf of Council. These are primarily located along roadways and shared-use paths as well as in some parks. Lighting along major transport routes, such as South Road and Sir Donald Bradman Drive, are provided by the State Government.
This year, Council has allocated approximately $400,000 to commence the transition of residential street lighting to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. LED lights, in general, offer lower power consumption (and therefore less greenhouse emissions) while providing a greater and more consistent light output.
As part of the project, approximately 1,100 lights will be changed over to LED in areas selected based on high traffic roads, bus routes, bicycle routes and customer requests.
To assist with any questions you may have, please refer to the FAQs below. If you would like further information about this project, you are welcome to contact the Manager City Assets, Joe Ielasi, on 8416 6333.
Street lighting frequently asked questions
What is the purpose of public street lighting?
Street lighting improves road user safety at night by illuminating roads and footpaths and making it easier for people to drive or walk.
Street lighting is not designated to identify private property numbers or provide property security lighting.
Who owns and manages Council street lights?
The City of West Torrens pays for street lighting through public lighting and energy tariffs. Most street lighting in South Australia is owned and operated by SA Power Networks as a service to councils and the State Government.
Why is the City of West Torrens replacing street lights?
Street lighting is necessary but expensive to run. The transition to LED technology will significantly reduce energy consumption and provide an overall improvement to our street lighting network.
Greenhouse gas emissions and energy charged to Council will also be reduced under the proposed changeover.
Which street lights are being replaced?
SA Power Networks' strategy is to replace high energy consuming lights (predominately 80 Watt mercury vapour lights) along residential roads with 14 Watt LED lights. Approximately 1,108 street lights will be upgraded in the initial stages.
When does the project take place?
Lighting across West Torrens will be upgraded during April, May and June 2020.
How does LED lighting compare to the old technology lighting?
LED lights are far more energy efficient and have improved optics, meaning they may be brighter compared to the old lights and spread light more evenly across footpaths and roads. In addition, colour rendering and visibility along the street will be improved and look less artificial.
Shielding of street lights
Where a resident can demonstrate that they are being significantly impacted by excessive light spilling into their property from an adjacent street light, the installation of a shield on the light may be considered.
If an option can be provided to shield the light, the cost of retrofitting a shield will be negotiated with the resident. The resident will need to contact the Council, with any requests for a shield installation, which will be forwarded on SA Power Networks for assessment.