Cost effectiveness of suburban street lighting

Luke, Ricky (2006) Cost effectiveness of suburban street lighting. [USQ Project]

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Street lighting is a major concern for all Authorities that are required to provide this public service. Concerns about safety, crime reduction, and amenity need to be balanced against operation and maintenance costs, and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
This project examined if the current lighting in a selected area of Castlemaine, Victoria met the Australian Standard AS/NZS1158, and what expenditure would be required to bring it up to this standard. Also, the project looked at energy efficient lamps to determine if it was cost effective to replace the existing items.

The Australian Standard has two sections – AS1158.1.1 for high vehicle traffic, and AS1158.3.1 for minor roads and pedestrian areas. After the sample area was broken up into lighting zones, computer modelling indicated that the highways were over-lit, and the minor roads were under-lit. The infrastructure required to bring lighting up to the relevant Standard is substantial. For the minor roads, an extra 28 luminaires will be required at an estimated cost of $174,000. The replacement of the current luminaires with more energy efficient items ahead of the proposed change over date is not warranted because the life of the energy efficient lamps are significantly less than the current items, and the annual maintenance charge for these 'non standard' luminaires is three times the cost of the current item.

The recommendation is that Mount Alexander Shire Council, through the CVGA, lobby PowerCor to include energy efficient lighting in their standard luminaires, and that
Council refrains from installing extra luminaires unless there is a well defined need. One aspect that was of interest is that AS 1158 is an advisory standard, and there is no requirement for an Authority who is responsible for Public Lighting to meet this Standard.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:08
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2013 01:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: street lighting; upgrades; upgrading; costs; cost savings; energy efficient lighting; Australian Standard AS/NZS1158; Mount Alexander Shire Council; Castlemaine
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120404 Engineering Systems Design
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400508 Infrastructure engineering and asset management
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400512 Transport engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4010 Engineering practice and education > 401001 Engineering design
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8704 Construction Processes > 870404 Residential Construction Processes

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