Otorohanga District Council has awarded a contract to The Lines Company of Te Kuiti for the installation of LED street lighting across the district. The existing 446 street lights will be replaced with the new technology Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights between December 2017 and March 2018. At the same time 53 additional new lights will be installed in some locations currently without lighting such as sections of Huiputea Drive and Wahanui Crescent.
The reduced power costs to operate the LED lights which use less than 40% than the current streetlights, and the reduced maintenance for greatly improved light technology generate significant savings to Council and the full cost of the new lights is repaid in savings within ten years. As an added advantage funding support of 85% of the $368,500 construction cost from Central Government made the decision to move to LED lighting a simple one.
The newer lights have proven in other parts of the world to be much more reliable that the old style bulb lights and will operate for much longer periods before bulbs need to be replaced, so the new lights wont fail as often leaving pedestrians in the dark less often.
Light bulbs will continue to be replaced from now until the installation work starts, but any old lighting units or equipment which fails will not be repaired, waiting instead until the unit is replaced with a new LED unit.