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On the job... Gore District Council transport manager Peter Standring with one of the new LED lights being installed in Gore. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Contractors have begun to install new LED street lights in Gore.

The Gore District Council was replacing high-pressure sodium lights with LED street lights and contractors started to install the lights this week, council transport manager Peter Standring said.

The project involved replacing 1304 street lights and was expected to take between six and eight weeks to complete.

PowerNet was undertaking the work.

Residents would notice the traditional orange light would change to a white light.

Six LED lights had already been installed in Broughton St, to demonstrate the difference between the two lighting systems.

Several factors contributed to the council’s decision to replace the old high-pressure sodium lights, Mr Standring said.

“LED lights are a better option all round. They are more energy efficient, have lower maintenance costs and have less light spill into the night sky, which is perfect for stargazers,” Mr Standring said.

It was estimated the power consumption would be about a-third of what it was with the old lighting system, he said.

“Hopefully, people like the look of them.”

He had not received any feedback yet about the trial area’s new lighting, and it would be nice to hear people’s opinions.

The LED lights also came with a 10-year guarantee and provided better colour rendition, meaning colours were easier to see at night.

The NZ Transport Agency supported the installation of LED lights and was providing an 85% subsidy for the work, Mr Standring said.

The council was funding the remainder of the cost.

The changeover would cost about $795,440.

Installation would take about two months, Mr Standring said.