Funding for LED road lighting conversion accelerated
Urban streets will soon be lined with safer, cheaper, more efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting thanks to an
accelerated funding model, Transport and Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says.
At yesterday's Road Lighting Conference in Auckland, the Minister announced a NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) policy change
that will allow local authorities looking at upgrading road lighting to LED to access funding faster.
“The accelerated renewal LED conversion programme will ensure capital is available to all councils that wish to
undertake this work in the immediate future,” Mr Bridges says.
In the next three years, NZTA and local government will be able to spend approximately $66 million on converting
existing road lighting to LED. In the three years from 2018, current indications are that another $39 million may be
LED lighting will also be the default option for any new roads being built, and the Government’s Roads of National
Significance and Accelerated Regional Roads upgrades will all be fitted with LED lighting, where lighting is necessary.
“The whole of life cost of LED lighting is around 20 per cent lower than current lighting, thanks to lower energy usage
and lower maintenance costs.
“LED road lighting can also improve urban road safety by making colours and objects clearer to drivers, reduce crime and
vandalism, and reduce light pollution because they have less of a light ‘spill’, allowing residents to more easily enjoy
our stunning Southern Hemisphere skies.
“Conversion to LED lighting is a smart choice for communities,” Mr Bridges says.