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The majority of residential streetlights were upgraded to efficient T5 fluorescent technologies between 2014 and 2016. LED light bulbs were not approved for use in residential streetlights at that time.
Through ongoing improvements, now any streetlight requiring replacement is upgraded to LED.
Who Owns and Pays for our Streetlights?
Residential streetlights are owned and operated by electricity distribution businesses - locally this includes CitiPower and United Energy. Local Governments pay the distribution businesses to maintain and operate the lights for our community.
Local Governments can negotiate with distribution businesses to upgrade streetlights. Council previously negotiated with CitiPower and United Energy to upgrade streetlights within Boroondara. Council funded these works which are paying for themselves through reduced electricity costs.