LED Upgrade Project

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The City of Burnside is upgrading public street lighting with Light Emitting Diodes (LED) technology to improve efficiency and lower energy consumption.

The bulk replacement of the majority of our public street lights to LED technology represents the single greatest electricity reduction project in Council’s history and will save over $9.5 million across the life of the new LED lights. Given significant recent electricity price rises, the impetus to reduce energy use is paramount and the cost savings would be immediate.

The City of Burnside has approximately 4,900 public lights, and this project will upgrade just over 4,100 of them.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the project:

Why replace street lights across the City of Burnside?

To improve our street lighting network, reduce energy consumption, help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and reduce maintenance costs.

Street lighting is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by Local Government in Australia. Not only do LEDs provide better light, they will reduce our energy consumption and reduce Council’s carbon footprint by 10,696 tonnes of greenhouse emissions (tC0₂-e) a year. 

The savings in maintenance costs are estimated to be $9.4 million over the life of these assets.

How much does it cost?

The project will initially cost approximately $1.6 million and will be offset by savings in electricity charges, lower maintenance costs, and reduced lighting tariffs.

Council will invest the upfront cost and realise greater long-term savings in maintenance and, due to the efficiency of LED technology, reduced electricity costs.

What is the purpose of public street lighting?

Street lighting is important for pedestrian, vehicle and general public safety. Street lighting improves road user safety at night by illuminating roads and footpaths. Street lighting makes it easier for people to drive or walk along streets at night.

Street lighting is designed to light our streets and pedestrian walkways and provide a level of security to these areas.

The new LED lighting will improve amenity and safety as LED lighting provides a consistent light, minimises glare, reduces environmental impact, minimises operating and maintenance requirements and provides improved visibility, allowing pedestrians and motorists to react quicker.

Who is installing the new lights?

The City of Burnside is funding the project and has engaged Enerven, a subsidiary business owned by SA Power Networks (SAPN) to upgrade the street lights with LED and to recycle the old lights.

What happens to the old lights?

The lights that are removed will be recycled by Enerven to prevent heavy metals and other hazardous substances entering landfill.  

Council as part of this project is also applying to  receive carbon credit payments through the Federal Government’s Emission Reduction Funding scheme.

How does new LED lighting compare to the old technology lighting?

The new lights being installed will be 82 per cent more energy efficient than existing mercury vapour lamps, require less maintenance and generate a consistent warm to white light.

The white light generated from LEDs will vary from some existing street lights which can appear yellow (high pressure sodium) and amber (low pressure sodium).

Although street lights may appear to be brighter (as the colour may be whiter) they will be more efficient in spreading light more evenly along and across footpaths and roads, and visibility along the street will be improved and look more natural.

The LED lights being installed also provide less back spill into properties due to improved optics, with lighting more focussed on the road and footpath area.

Who owns and manages street lights?

The new lights being installed will be owned by Council, and maintained by SA Power Networks on Council’s behalf.

What lights will not be changed to LED as part of the project?

This project will focus on the changeover of street lights in local streets.

Main road, decorative, heritage and public reserve/sporting street lights will not be changed as part of the initial project. 

When does the project take place?

Enerven crews will be changing lights from January 2019 across the City of Burnside.

Enerven will progressively be replacing older lights (predominantly 80W Mercury Vapour lights) on residential streets across Zones 1 to 7 with 14W LED’s, commencing from Zone 1.   


If you would like to find out which zones Enerven are currently working in, and which suburbs are upcoming, visit Enerven’s website.

What do I do if I have concerns about the new LED street lights?

In the first instance, you can contact City of Burnside Customer Experience Team on 8366 4200, who will take down your details and forward to SAPN / Enerven if the enquiry cannot be immediately resolved.

Residents should remember that the new street lights being installed will result in less glare and back spill into properties due to improved optics.

Requests for shielding devices will only be considered where it does not reduce lighting levels below the relevant Australian Standards for the lighting for roads and public spaces (AS/NZS 1158).

Can residents request additional street lights?

Additional street lights will not be installed as part of this program of works, however, if you are interested in additional lighting you can place a request with the City of Burnside for consideration by emailing burnside@burnside.sa.gov.au

How do we report faults and enquiries?

To report a street light not working or operating, you can visit the SAPN website and report the fault, or call 13 13 66.

Where can I get more information on LED street lighting?

If you would like to find out more information on the LED Street Lighting Replacement program please visit the Enerven website.