Street Lighting

Street lighting is lighting designed to provide night time illumination for variety of road users (but mainly classified as Pedestrian or Vehicle user).

In Australia, it is governed by AS/NZS 1158 Set:2010, Lighting for roads and public spaces Set. This Australian/ New Zealand standards help design, manufacture and install road lighting for the safer use of roads by pedestrians and vehicles.

Street lights can be either Council or Electricity Company assets. Standard street lights are typically a power company asset, but non-standard lights are often a Council asset. In both Councils typically pay for the electricity costs associated with street lighting and capital contributions and maintenance for Electricity Company assets.

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Useful Life

The useful life of street lighting will vary considerably due to a range of environmental & other factors. A useful life of 30 years appears to be typical for the runways operated by the organisations listed below.

Please feel free to improve the table by adding your Council or organisation's information.

Asset Owner Adopted Life
Austroads 6 20 years
Brimbank City Council 35-50 years
Camden Council 30 years
Logan City Council 20 years*
Shoalhaven City Council 30 years
Whittlesea City Council 20 years
Wollondilly Shire Council 50 years

*LED Rate 3 Lights with key components


The following 'street lighting' related issues have been identified as challenges for some councils via the local government collaboration project survey.

  • coverting to LED lights;
  • lighting streets sufficiently, whilst minimising energy usage.

If you have any thoughts on how to best meet these challenges, please feel free to share them below.

Related Pages


The following people have indicated (via the Local Government Collaboration Topics Survey) that they have an interest and/or expertise in the topic of 'Street Lighting' and are willing to collaborate with their peers at other councils to identify challenges and resources relating to the topic and to look for ways to work together to overcome any challenges that are identified.


The following site members have contributed to this page:

External Links & References

  1. Wikipedia
  2. New Inventors
  3. Queensland Energy Efficient Street Lighting Trial
  4. Canberra Central Lighting Notes (3.5MB PDf) - Canberra Central Design Manual
  5. Motion Sensing Streetlight System (Gizmag)
  6. Road Safety Engineering Risk Assessment Part 4: Treatment Life for Road Safety Measures
  7. Google Search
  8. Smart City Lighting - GOV.AU Digital Market Place
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