Street lighting is a vital community asset that keeps the community safe and secure.
Street lighting within the Dubbo Regional Council local government area is installed and maintained by Essential Energy. However, Council pays the electricity and maintenance bills.
Essential Energy is responsible for the maintenance and billing of more than 160,000 streetlights serving more than 86 Councils across New South Wales and parts of Southern Queensland
Report Street Lighting Issues
If you notice that a street light has been damaged or needs a new bulb please contact Essential Energy online or by phone 13 20 80. By reporting broken or faulty streetlights you are helping to create and maintain a street lighting system that is reliable, energy efficient and safer for the local community.
LED Street Light Replacement Project
Street lighting is a significant expense for Council, in the vicinity of $1.2 million each year in electricity and maintenance costs.
From Monday 24 February, Essential Energy will upgrade more than 90% of the street light network within the Dubbo Regional Council area to new energy efficient LED technology. The LED technology will provide a more reliable, better quality street lighting service, and deliver energy and maintenance savings to Council and the community of close to 50 per cent per year when compared to traditional lighting technology.
Essential Energy will be keeping the community informed as the LED upgrade rolls out across the Dubbo Region and you can track the Project’s progress in your area or street here: https://engage.essentialenergy.com.au/led-upgrade?tool=map#tool_tab
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why are the lights being changed?
Street lighting is a significant expense for Council, in the vicinity of $1.2 million each year in electricity and maintenance costs. The LED technology will provide a more reliable, better quality street lighting service, and deliver energy and maintenance savings to Council and the community of close to 50 per cent per year when compared to traditional lighting technology.
LED lights have other advantages including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and there is less light spill outside of the area which is intended to be lit.
The lights appear a different colour than the streetlights we had before. Why is this?
Before the roll-out of LED a lot of Dubbo streetlights were high pressure sodium lights which gave a very yellow light. The colour temperature of LED lights deployed in residential areas will be 3000K. This is a warmer colour, generally preferred by residents. The colour temperature of the LED lights will be 4000K (whiter, daylight like) for main roads and some intersections. This colour temperature has been shown to provide increased safety where there is higher traffic volume.
When will the replacement program start and how long will it take?
Essential Energy contractors will commence deployment of the LED lights from Monday 24 February 2020. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of June 2020.
The lights outside of my place looks very different to what was there before – why?
Over the years, as the Dubbo region has grown, many different types of street lights have been installed. This large variety of street lights reduces the efficiency of operating the streetlight network and makes it more expensive. In addition, some of the decorative style street lights are much more expensive to replace with decorative style LEDs (up to four times more expensive). Council in consultation with Essential Energy has decided to standardise and reduce the variety of streetlights installed across the Dubbo region to improve efficiencies and reduce ongoing costs.
What impact will the work have in my street?
Essential Energy will have one local crew working on the LED upgrade in the Dubbo region. The crew will have a truck and cherry picker and will move street by street through the urban areas. Generally, they will change all of the lights in a street at the one time.
Who do I call if a light in my street is not working?
If you notice a streetlight is not working it should be reported to Essential Energy by calling 13 20 80 (24 hours / 7 days a week), or by visiting https://www.essentialenergy.com.au/outages-and-faults/streetlight-faults
Will the LED street light replacement program help to reduce light pollution?
LED street light technology has many benefits to the local community including the reduction of both direct upward waste light and indirect or reflective light from road surfaces. In addition, the lower colour temperature LED street lights (warmer white - 3000 kelvin) to be installed across residential areas within the Dubbo Region are generally preferred by the Siding Springs Observatory for dark sky viewing. Higher colour temperature LED street lights (cooler white - 4000 kelvin) however will be installed on main, arterial and some connector roads as this is the preferred light colour temperature for road safety by Transport for NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
Last Edited: 24 Feb 2020