Street lighting

Council's role in street lighting

Council owns the lights and pays for their maintenance and electricity charges and monitors the performance of lighting for residents.

There are more than 11,000 public street lights within the City of Moreland.

The Public Lighting Policy (DOC 250Kb) provides for the design, installation, maintenance and application of public lighting throughout the city.

It aims to improve public safety, provide equity of lighting across the municipality, and ensure that public lighting meets community expectations for illumination performance, while minimising operating costs and environmental impacts. 

It can be used by designers, developers, building owners, architects and planners.

Standards for lighting in streets and laneways

Council seeks to maintain light levels in existing residential streets to Australian Standard P5 - a minimum average light level of 0.07 Lux - roughly comparable to the light of a half moon on a cloudless night.

In new subdivisions, Council requires Australian Standard P4 - a minimum average light level of 0.14 Lux - roughly comparable to the light of a full moon on a cloudless night.

Council does not install lighting to protect private property or provide lights in areas where they will not operate effectively.

Under Council’s Public Lighting Policy (DOC 250Kb) and the Australian Standard, lanes do not require lighting. However, in cases where the lane attracts regular night time pedestrian or bicycle traffic, such as providing a link to a railway station or night time activity precinct, Council can consider installing lights on a case-by-case basis.

Historically, some lanes have lighting where the above criteria do not apply. For the time being, existing public lights in lanes will not be removed.

The policy does not apply to Watchman lights. Watchman lights are not a good solution to lighting lanes as they do not have sufficient focus and they are inefficient. Watchman lights that fail will not be replaced.

How to report a faulty street light

Report a faulty street light

Two separate electricity distributors operate and maintain lights in Moreland on Council’s behalf.

Moreland Road forms the boundary between the two electricity supply comPublic Light Jemena CitiPower Distributoin Areaspanies. Contact the electricity supply company servicing your suburb.

North of Moreland Road

Street lights are maintained by Jemena.
Jemena faults are reported by phoning 13 16 26.

South of Moreland Road

Street lights are maintained by Citipower.
Use the CitiPower web tool to report a faulty street light.

Alternatively, report the issue online to Moreland Council or phone Council on 9240 1111.

Report a faulty light at a railway station

If you have a concern about lights near a railway station or in a railway underpass contact Public Transport Victoria (PTV).

Submit your concerns via the PTV feedback form or call PTV on 1800 800 007 (6 am - midnight daily).

Report a faulty park or mall light

Moreland Council is responsible for maintaining lights in the following locations:

  • parks
  • Victoria Mall
  • Sparta Place 
  • Council-managed car parks
  • Council-managed facilities
  • sports grounds
  • community centres, and
  • Maternal and Child Health centres.

Report the issue online to Moreland Council or phone Council on 9240 1111.

Request tree pruning around a street light

If the light from a street light is impacted by trees you can request that Council prune the trees.

Report the issue online to Moreland Council or phone Council on 9240 1111.

Report street lights that fail to switch off during the day

Street lights that fail to switch off during the day are known as 'dayburners'. Fixing 10 dayburners saves 4 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of one average car.

You can do your bit to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reporting dayburners and other faulty streetlights to the relevant electricity distributor (see map above). 

How to request a review of public lighting in a street

If you think lighting where you live is too dim, you can request a review by Council.

Request a review of lighting in your street online or phone Council on 9240 1111.

Officers take light readings during the darkest conditions – on a dry, cloudless, moonless night. As inspections are weather dependent, it may be several months before Council officers are able to complete the inspection and get back to you with results.

If Council finds light levels in your street do not meet levels recommended by the Public Lighting Policy (DOC 250Kb), we will investigate a solution to improve the lighting levels. Generally this means putting up an additional or brighter light on an existing pole.

If an additional light is recommended, it will be ordered and paid for by Council and installed by Jemena or CitiPower. This can take up to 3 months.

Overall, a public lighting review can take up to 6 months from initial request to installation of new lamps.

Street lighting upgrade works

Council has been upgrading street lights in Moreland to LED lights, as part of a commitment to provide more energy efficient lighting solutions for the city.

The benefits of changing to LED lighting include:

  • better community safety due to a 100 per cent increase in average brightness
  • electricity savings of close to 80 per cent, and
  • maintenance cost reductions of around 50 per cent.

Despite requiring only one fifth the power to operate, more light reaches the ground due to better design of the LED light shield and reflectors. 

Moreland Council first upgraded street lights in all minor roads south of Moreland Road (Citipower distribution area) to LEDs. The entire road network in Brunswick, Brunswick East and Brunswick West now easily exceeds the P4 standard for public lighting (see below for an explanation of P4).

An upgrade of street lights in minor roads north of Moreland Road (Jemena distribution area) to LEDs took place between May and August of 2016. Over 5000 of the old mercury vapour street lights on local roads have been replaced. The new lights are recognised by their slightly golden tint colour compared to the blue tint of the old lights.

Mercury vapour lights on roads controlled by VicRoads and the 150 watt sodium vapour orange-coloured lights found on arterial roads have not been replaced. Council is working with VicRoads to upgrade these lights in the future and as new developments in technology become available.