Decorative Street Lighting Upgrades

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Decorative lighting upgrade

In order to improve the reliability of street lighting and reduce energy costs to Council, we are upgrading street lights with energy efficient LED’s in Flagstaff Hill.

During the lighting upgrade we will also undertake condition assessments of existing electrical cables and columns. Any necessary repairs will be completed during the lighting upgrade and residents will be informed in advance of any repair works in proximity to their properties.

The lighting upgrade is underway and is expected to be completed soon, subject to weather and the volume of additional repair works required.

Background

A compliance analysis performed independently by expert lighting company Ironbank has indicated that the decorative style of street lighting is inefficient as the light distribution can be obtrusive. The luminaires are also old and nearing their end of life.

An option for replacing existing “decorative” style light using a “standard” LED Street light and cross arm (pictured) has been approved for use by SA Power Networks.

We believe the standard street light has greater benefit over the decorative style of lights in achieving:

  • Higher reduction in energy consumption and associated costs
  • Reduction in capital cost
  • Reduction in tariff costs
  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Better colour rendering and visibility
  • Less reduction of the light output over time
  • Reduced glare and light spill into private property.

Do you have any questions?

We're happy to answer any questions you may have about the transition - just leave your question below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. And for more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Decorative lighting upgrade

In order to improve the reliability of street lighting and reduce energy costs to Council, we are upgrading street lights with energy efficient LED’s in Flagstaff Hill.

During the lighting upgrade we will also undertake condition assessments of existing electrical cables and columns. Any necessary repairs will be completed during the lighting upgrade and residents will be informed in advance of any repair works in proximity to their properties.

The lighting upgrade is underway and is expected to be completed soon, subject to weather and the volume of additional repair works required.

Background

A compliance analysis performed independently by expert lighting company Ironbank has indicated that the decorative style of street lighting is inefficient as the light distribution can be obtrusive. The luminaires are also old and nearing their end of life.

An option for replacing existing “decorative” style light using a “standard” LED Street light and cross arm (pictured) has been approved for use by SA Power Networks.

We believe the standard street light has greater benefit over the decorative style of lights in achieving:

  • Higher reduction in energy consumption and associated costs
  • Reduction in capital cost
  • Reduction in tariff costs
  • Greater uniformity of light across and along the street
  • Better colour rendering and visibility
  • Less reduction of the light output over time
  • Reduced glare and light spill into private property.

Do you have any questions?

We're happy to answer any questions you may have about the transition - just leave your question below and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. And for more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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    We are excited about the proposed lighting upgrade at Craigburn Estate. The new lights look fantastic. Our current aging infrastructure is inefficient, ineffective and light polluting. We are aware of a small number of disgruntled residents but think they reflect a vocal minority. Is there a link to provide an update on when this will proceed please?

    FHS asked 12 months ago

    Thanks for your feedback. We’re currently addressing resident concerns on the proposed lighting design and will provide updates here on the Your Say project page regarding installation timeframes.

    We're hoping to start the replacement installation this year. 

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    Hi Salvador, following on from Ricky's question - I think a number of residents share the feeling that a generic fitting just doesn't do the area justice. In the SAPN Technical Standard TS101 "Public Lighting - Design and Installation", there are two Category 'P' Decorative Luminaires listed: The Kensington Post Top (no outreach required) and the Bourke Hill (requires an outreach). These appear to have the same maintenance factor as the generic fittings. The local residents might be more accepting of an alternative along these lines (that add to or at least maintain the overall value of the area, as the existing lights do). Is there anything the community can do to influence a Council review of alternative (decorative) options?

    Craigburn Local asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your feedback.

    The light fittings in the SAPN technical standard cost an additional $900 each (includes install cost), adding approximately $280,000 to the total project cost. Post top light fittings also throw light 360 degrees and will continue to cause light spill issues. Light intrusion into private property is the most common complaint we receive, particularly when globes are replaced or new light fittings are installed.  New lighting will be a substantial improvement to the brightness of light in the area and the potential for excessive light spill is a risk for residential properties. We don’t have any approved methods to shield light on post top fittings (post top light fittings also require more maintenance, likely to incurring higher tariff cost as a result). As such Council is committed to the planned upgrade.

    For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions about the upgrade.

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    The lights are part of the charm of the area, one of the reasons our family moved here, we paid a premium for living within this estate. Surely with all the lights on the market that something similar can be found, they may be nearing the end of their life but a light more fitting to this estate would be available. The more expensive council rates that we pay due to the higher value of the properties should be taken into account.

    KAC77 asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

    We acknowledge that the new design has a different visual appearance when compared to the existing lights. 

    Council is required to use light fittings approved by SA Power Networks to enable ongoing maintenance. The chosen fittings provide the best outcome in terms of light distribution and uniformity, the greatest reduction in glare and light spill, the highest reduction in energy consumption, and the lowest in capital costs.

     An alternative (SAPN approved) post top light fitting would add approximately $280,000 to total project costs, requiring more maintenance and incurring higher tariff costs.  Post top luminaires also throw light 360 degrees and will continue to cause light spill issues (excessive light spill is the most common complaint council receives about street lighting).  

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    Could the new lighting feature the brown/bronze colour to match the current feel to maintain that aspect and continue to distinguish Craigburn Estate?

    Sprickel asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    We’re retaining the existing columns, however we plan to paint the columns black. The old brown colour has deteriorated and the new paint will match the black light fitting and extend the life of the supporting infrastructure.

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    Will the lighting have a negative impact on nocturnal wildlife?

    Loretta asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The lights in Flagstaff Hill have very poor light distribution and significantly contribute to overall light pollution which can have detrimental effects on birds and nocturnal wildlife. This was an important consideration in the design, particularly for natural bushland areas like Flagstaff Hill. The light fittings we are using have the greatest reduction in glare and light spill and are designed to direct light to where it is required (road and footpath). 

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    When will you do lighting grades in Port Noarlunga streets . The stoby poles are ugly and potentially dangerous

    Jill57 asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Most of the street lights through the residential streets in Port Noarlunga have been completed.  The upgrades changeover the existing light fittings only, not the supporting infrastructure.

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    Good morning Salvador, whilst your responses are detailed, it would appear that your not listening to the people who live in this neighborhood. We are not disputing the benefits of energy saving lights, we require the council to provide an alternative that is similar to our current quality, design and ambiance. It is our community who live and have recreational activities in the area and as such we are telling the council we do not accept this design. My question is, when will an alternative be provided?

    Ricky asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

    There are a number of reasons Council isn't considering using an alternative fitting. The light fitting being used is an SA Power Networks approved fitting that provides improved lighting conditions, the greatest reduction in glare and light spill, the highest reduction in energy consumption and lowest in capital cost.

    An alternative (SAPN approved) post top light fitting would add approximately $280,000 to total project costs, require more maintenance, and would incur higher tariff costs. Further, post top luminaires throw light 360 degrees and would continue to cause light spill issues.  Excessive light spill is the most common complaint council receives about street lighting. The new lights, by good design, will be a substantial improvement. 

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    Why is money being wasted on upgrading when there is a significant lack of street lighting in most of the old areas of onkaparinga, health and safety should be the no.1 priority over running costs.

    DarrenMumford asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks you for your question.

    Council is upgrading street lighting for a number of reasons - to comply with Australian Standards, to improve pedestrian/road safety, and to discourage crime while protecting the integrity of the night time environment. Council has upgraded approximately 12,000 street lights across the city to improve lighting conditions and to achieve energy savings. 

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    Why would you use black lights with bird droppings it will look terrible. Sureley white is more practical, will save money cleaning them and fade less.

    Dkw asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question.

    We plan to paint the columns black to match in with the black light fittings and periodic light cleaning is included in our maintenance tariff with SA Power Networks. Black fittings and supporting infrastructure is commonly used for street lighting across the state.

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    The existing "decorative lighting" is an important part of what makes Craigburn Estate unique and a pleasant, interesting place to call home. Along with the trees, wildlife, reserves, well looked after gardens and even the street signs; these features combine to provide a true feeling of value. My family and I disagree with the proposed upgrade and feel it will affect the ambience and attractiveness of the area significantly. I understand that energy efficiency is important but would much rather see the sphere globes replaced with a matching LED alternative of similar lumens, so as to not detract from unique appeal. Is there an option to keep the existing lights and just replace the globes with LED?

    Craigburn Local asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

    The current lights are approaching 30 years of age and the original installation did not meet any of the standards.  The sphere-shaped lens have deteriorated due to UV damage and the luminaires are obsolete and can’t be repaired.

    Councils are required to meet a level of lighting performance assessed against the Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1158.3.1 Lighting for Roads and Public Spaces) and SA Power Networks Technical Standards. The current lighting does not meet the required standards.  Although LED retrofit lamps exist in the market, they are not approved by SAPN.  The reliability of installing an LED lamp into 30-year-old equipment is unknown and retrofitting luminaires with LED lamps that has no functional years left would not be a cost-effective upgrade.

    Kind regards,

    The Your Say Onkaparinga team

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