LED Lights

The future of the Ashburton District is looking brighter by the day. More than 2,500 LED lights will be installed across the Ashburton District by the end of December, replacing the old high-pressure sodium lights that are currently in use.

The Council approved the change to the district’s street lights in August last year. New Zealand Transport Association (NZTA) has subsidised 85 per cent of the installation costs through its Accelerated renewal road lighting LED conversion programmes.

A major reason behind the Council’s decision was to improve the safety of our district’s roads. This year has been one of the worst road tolls in history, with 239 dying on New Zealand’s roads to date. Of those, 32 have been in Canterbury, making it the third highest region for road deaths in the country.

The white colour and increased brightness of the new LED lights will significantly improve visibility on our roads, increasing safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. In fact, research from NZTA suggests that improved lighting reduces road crashes by around 30 per cent. If the new lights help to prevent just one serious accident on our roads, they will be worth every cent.

It’s not just road users that will benefit from the new lights either. The increased brightness will also help deter crime in our neighbourhoods and help maintain our status as one of the safest towns in New Zealand. That’s real peace-of-mind for residents, particularly with the holiday season – a time when petty crime often increases – fast approaching.

The installation of the new LED lights also fits within the Council’s focus of creating a more sustainable future for our district. The new lights are more energy efficient than the current ones, which lose as much as 90 per cent of their energy as heat. Each LED bulb also has a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours, which means on average they won’t need replacing for a decade or more.

​Installation of the new lights will start next month, so keep an eye out for installers on our streets in the coming ​weeks. ​

Page reviewed: 26 Sep 2018 12:42pm