Work to switch most street lights in the District to new state-of the-art LED lights is underway. So far the new lights have been installed throughout most of the Plains Ward and in some parts of Whiritoa.
You might have noticed crews out and about in these areas. They’ll be visible in other places too over the next few months.
Why we’re making the switch to LED
• They last six times longer
• They use less electricity
• They cost less overall to maintain than the current lights
• They provide more focused light which increases visibility in targeted areas and reduces light pollution (spill light).
Although LED lights emit an equivalent level of light, they may seem dimmer than our current lights because the beam is more concentrated on a single area.
Shining a light on Whiritoa
Over the last few months we’ve been assessing road lighting in Whiritoa. We had a chat to people in the community about this during our We Need to Talk road trip, and we ran a Facebook poll too.
What we’ve heard is that most people think lighting in Whiritoa is adequate in general. However, Beach Road and Marlin Place were identified as areas with potential lighting issues.
We’ll wait until the LED upgrades are finished before we have another look at these two areas and work out what to do next