Facts & Figures

  • $2.3mCurrent spend each year on street lighting

  • Up to 50%Less energy if LED lighting used

The Council is exploring the option to reduce energy use by installing high efficiency LED streetlighting throughout the city.

Long exposure photo of Courtenay Place at night

Currently, the Council spends more than $2.3 million a year lighting the city’s streets. Street lights use some 7.33 megawatts of electricity – enough energy to power several thousand homes.

Installation of LED lighting has potential to reduce energy use – and costs – by at least 50 percent, and probably much more.

LED technology also brings numerous other benefits. It offers better visibility and therefore safety than conventional street lighting. Light pollution is reduced. And LED lighting can be controlled – allowing lights to be dimmed when they are not needed, or lighting levels to be increased in areas of high demand. LED lights also last much longer than conventional lights, are easier to maintain, and are less harmful to the environment.

The introduction of new LED streetlights may also provide an opportunity for a city Wi-Fi "mesh" suitable as the backbone for other "sensing city" initiatives.

LED lighting has already been successfully trialled on Courtenay Place. The Council now proposes to roll out LED lighting in stages across the city. There is an up-front cost because LED lamps are more expensive than conventional ones. However, this will be offset by lower energy and maintenance costs.


  • Safer.
  • Better environmental outcomes through reduced energy use and fewer toxins.
  • Reduced long-term costs.


  • No specific budget has yet been allocated within the Long-term Plan for this project, pending further assessment. However the cost is expected to be offset through reduced energy use.

What you think

67% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

43 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

88% Feedback received that supports this idea

#15 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

33% Local residents
25% Future generations
20% Local businesses
12% Visitors to Wellington
10% NZ as a whole
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

53% High
35% Quite high
7% Neutral
5% Quite low
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  • Nicole, Newlands

    This is a no brainer. LED street lighting should be rolled out as soon as possible. Not only will it have improved environmental outcomes but if installed correctly (ensuring that it does not compromised good urban design outcomes) , it would reduce electricity costs in the long term.

  • Peter, Other

    This makes sense as long as the install is done efficiently. It fits in well with trying to make the city space and its infrastructure more sustainable