Public lighting

LED street lighting trial

In 2016, Brisbane City Council and Energex commenced the trial of 10 different types of LED lights at 17 locations across Brisbane. The trial was to better understand the performance of LED street lighting.

The installation of the LED lights took place between September and October 2016. LEDs installed throughout the trial areas were monitored by Brisbane City Council employees and representatives on a quarterly basis. The data collection for the LED Street Lights Trial was completed in November 2018.

The collected data has been analysed by Brisbane City Council and Energex and the findings are summarised in the LED Minor Street Lighting Trial Report 2016-18 (PDF 5.5 mb). The findings of the trial will provide meaningful, practical information and will inform the future use of LED lights.

The trial LED light products are performing satisfactorily and won't be removed at this time.

Streets in the trial

These streets were part of the LED Street Lights Trial:

  • Brisbane Street, St Lucia
  • Cricket Street, Petrie Terrace
  • Drake Street, West End
  • Dutton Street, Hawthorne
  • Emma Street, Holland Park West
  • Galleon Street, Jamboree Heights
  • Gaynor Road, Banyo
  • Hipwood Street, Norman Park
  • Howard Street, Brisbane City
  • Lilley Road, Bardon
  • Macrossan Street, Brisbane City
  • Malbon Street, Eight Mile Plains
  • Playford Street, Bracken Ridge
  • Third Avenue, Sandgate
  • Union Street, Clayfield
  • Weekes Road, Carindale
  • Weenga Street, Geebung.

Trial benefits

The trial helped to determine the most suitable LED lights for residential street lighting. The transition to LED lights will help to make our streets more energy efficient by reducing street light energy consumption and improving night time visibility for pedestrians and local residents.

More information

For more information on the LED Minor Street Lighting Trial:

Blue light hazards study

Brisbane City Council and Energex engaged the Queensland University of Technology to undertake a study known as the Assessment of Blue Light Hazards and Correlated Colour Temperature for Public LED Lighting (PDF 3.5 mb).

The purpose of this study was to provide information regarding the level of blue light associated health and environmental risks from LED streetlighting with different Correlated Colour Temperatures (CCT) (or colour appearances). The information was sourced from a literature review and field-based testing and modelling.