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Street lights making LED switch

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/07/2016

The conversion to LED street lighting is cracking along with 10 per cent of urban streets now lit by the safer and cheaper alternative, the government says.

It announced last year it was speeding up funding for the change.

At the time, four per cent of urban street lighting was LED.

"To reach 10 per cent in just year is a great advancement," Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges said on Monday.

"This is a great start to the programme of converting the more than 370,000 high pressure sodium lights that currently line our streets."

Mr Bridges says that by 2020 about 20 local authorities expect to have substantially completed their conversions, with a further 13 expected to achieve the same outcome by 2025.

"This will mean 61 per cent of all street lights will have been converted within 10 years."

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