Move to LED road lighting could halve costs says EECA

New Zealand’s road lighting costs could be halved if new LED lighting technology was adopted, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

“If New Zealand’s road lights were switched from high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting to LED road lighting, it would save the country about 100 gigawatt hours of electricity a year – enough to power more than 11,000 homes,” says EECA lighting programme manager Bill Brander.

The significant savings involved prompted EECA to support the inaugural conference for road lighting professionals in New Zealand.

Road Lighting 2014: Innovation, Efficiency & Safety will be held on 11-12 March at the Langham Hotel in Auckland and will feature international experts with first-hand experience of switching to efficient road lighting.

“Independent assessments indicate LED lighting could save up to 50% or more of the energy currently consumed on road lighting and that this represents a major potential benefit for councils that make the switch to LED road lighting,” Mr Brander says.

“International experience indicates that energy savings could be multiplied even further if the switch to LED road lighting is accompanied by a switch to modern lighting control systems that allow for ‘adaptive’ dimming and brightening of road lights to suit the prevailing conditions, from traffic density to weather.

“EECA is keen to help communicate these findings to road controlling authorities in New Zealand so that switching to efficient lighting can be considered in future plans.” he says.

More information about the conference: www.roadlightingconference.com

EECA Media contact: Jane O’Loughlin 04 470 2421

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