Work has started to convert all Clutha District’s street lights to light-emitting diode (LED).
Group Manager Service Delivery Jules Witt said the work was being done now as the result of central government’s decision to offer Councils a significant subsidy if councils converted from the old yellow sodium lights.
“Once the lights are installed Council will be able to achieve savings in power consumption and in street light maintenance,” Mr Witt said.
He said the new units were easy to spot as they were small, square and gave a whiter light than the old yellow sodium lights.
“This is not just a bulb replacement. It is the installation of whole new electronic ‘luminaire’ – the complete light unit.”
Crews will work down each street replacing the lights as they go and the work is expected to take four months to complete.
“There are about 1,500 luminaires to be changed around the district.
Contractors have started in The Catlins and will be progressively working up through the District.
There will be a separate project to replace lights on state highways and a small number of lights on Council’s larger roads.