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New LED lights in Canberra to improve lighting while lowering costs

By Ben Faulks

Environmentally-conscious individuals living in Belconnen real estate could be excited to hear about the recent installation of LED lights on residential streets in Isabella Plains, the first in a plan to improve the quality of street lighting across Canberra while also reducing the cost and emissions of the light sources.

Minister for territory and municipal services Shane Rattenbury said this was the first time LEDs have been retrofitted for entire streets in the state, with these lights saving seven watts per fitting. While this is small per light, the savings made across whole streets and the city will be considerable. 

"There is also an important saving to the government in maintenance costs. The LEDs should not require maintenance for 12 years, rather than the five-year lamp change expected for compact fluorescent streetlights," said Mr Rattenbury in a 21 October statement. 

Furthermore, while regular street lights emit a yellowish glow, LED lights create a white colour – making them brighter option, improving the safety of local communities across the city. These new lights will help make the city a better place to be at night, which is great news for local residents living in the area. 

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