A top line-up of international experts from six nations told more than 230 delegates at New Zealand’s inaugural RoadLighting 2014: Innovation, Efficiency, Safety, 11-12 March 2014, that a switch to LED road lighting would save energy, save money, save lives and reduce street crime.
Speakers from the US, UK, Canada, France, Norway and Australia spoke from first-hand experience of city-wide LED lighting retrofits and the benefits enjoyed by residents and ratepayers as a result.
They included experts who have led the world’s largest urban LED road lighting retrofits, saving the City of Los Angeles USD $10 million a year and Seattle nearly USD $2.5 million per year so far in electricity and maintenance costs. They also included international researchers who are identifying clear links between road lighting levels and accident rates.
Councillors and council staff from around New Zealand, as well as lighting professionals, contractors, researchers and government officials, heard the switch to LED could help road controlling authorities save up to 50% or more in road lighting and maintenance costs each year, as well as to help reduce the $1.2 billion annual cost to the country of night-time road deaths and injuries.
Conference organiser, Strategic Lighting Partners (SLP) Ltd, said the idea for running the conference was to help share information on the efficiency and road safety gains from LED road lighting that the consultancy had gathered for a report on strategic road lighting opportunities for the New Zealand Government in 2012.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) were conference partners. Other agencies lending their support included Local Government NZ, the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), the Road Controlling Authorities Forum, the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and NZ (IESANZ), Lighting Council New Zealand, and the Energy Management Association of NZ (EMANZ).
Commercial sponsors also played a key role in bringing the conference to fruition, and they included GE Lighting, Citelum Australia, Harvard Engineering plc, Transfield Services, Silver Spring Networks, Westpac Institutional Bank and NZ-based engineering consultancy Beca.
For more information go to: www.strategiclightingpartners.com
A copy of the Bridger and King report “Lighting the Way to Road Safety – A policy blindspot?”, October 2012, is available at http://www.bridgerbeavis.com/pdfs
The Bridger and King report commissioned by the NZ Transport Authority in May 2012, “Strategic Road Lighting Opportunities for New Zealand”, is available at http://www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/rmtf-interim-report/docs/strategic-road-lighting-opportunities.pdf [Large file – 18.5 MB]
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