A partnership between Wollongong City Council and Endeavour Energy will see the remainder of the City’s streetlight network, some 8,521 globes, replaced with energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures between July 2023 and March 2024.
This project is a key action of our Climate Change Mitigation Plan as we work toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 for Council operations and by 2050 for Wollongong.
The switch to LEDs will:
- Reduce energy consumption by up to 60% and ease pressure on the electricity grid.
- Be powered by 100% renewable energy thanks to our contract with Red Energy.
- Provide greater visibility and reliability with lower maintenance costs (with a lifetime of 20 years).
- Provide safer streets for motorists and pedestrians.
- Reduce the cost of street lighting by $8 million over the next 20 years. Those savings can instead be put towards local services like libraries, pools, parks and gardens, managing waste, maintaining roads, and investing in capital works to benefit the community.
Got a concern about the project?
Check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provided by Endeavour Energy.
The changeover of streetlights involves a single elevated work platform with two to three crew members. It typically takes less than 10 minutes to replace a streetlight and the works are scheduled during times of low traffic volumes, so any disruptions to traffic flow in your street should not last long. All cars can remain parked on the streets.
Endeavour Energy, the distribution company that owns the lighting infrastructure, will be installing the new lights on Wollongong City Council’s behalf. They will be liaising with us throughout the project.
The LED lights chosen by Council have been approved for use by Endeavour Energy, which is the distribution company that owns the lighting infrastructure in Wollongong. The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards in regard to safety and light levels. These lights have superior performance to the existing lights.
The new lights have:
- Greater uniformity of light across and along the street.
- Better colour rendering and visibility.
- Less depreciation of the light output over time.
- Less waste light spill.
- Lower maintenance costs.
The LED lights are made by Sylvania Schréder.
The luminaire (the main body of the light) will last about 20 years, as will the LED chips.
Endeavour Energy operates and maintains the existing public lighting assets in the Wollongong local government area. This includes repairing and replacing those assets as and when required. All lighting maintained by Endeavour Energy complies with the Australian Standards and has been tested to ensure this compliance.
The LED lights provide a more direct light, as opposed to the older lights which are multidirectional and lose a lot of light spill horizontally. There is much less light spill with the newer technology. The light may appear more white.
Contact Endeavour Energy directly if you would like to raise a concern about the glare level of a light.
- Online using the enquiry feedback form or complaint form
- by telephone on 133 718 during business hours
- by mail addressed to Endeavour Energy Customer Advocacy, PO Box 811, Seven Hills 1730
If you have already contacted Endeavour Energy and still have concerns, contact Wollongong City Council. We will review the concern and follow up with Endeavour Energy to see what extra work may be possible.
The Electricity Supply Act 1995 (NSW) requires Endeavour Energy to provide lighting services in accordance with the Australian/New Zealand Standard for Lighting for Roads and Public Spaces (AS/NZS 1158) (Australian Standard).
The Australian Standard sets the requirements for the design, installation, and the safe and appropriate operation of public lighting assets within the community. This includes the level of illumination to be provided by the lights, the colour temperature of the lights as well as where and how lamps and poles are to be positioned along certain sections of road (for example, at curves, bends, roundabouts, and pedestrian crossings).
All lighting maintained by Endeavour Energy complies with the Australian Standards and has been tested to ensure this compliance.
No. All lighting maintained by Endeavour Energy complies with the Australian Standards and has been tested to ensure this compliance.
Contact Endeavour Energy
If you have any further questions or concerns that are not covered above, please contact Endeavour Energy: