Project White Light

Closed 20 Feb 2017

Opened 7 Feb 2017


A programme to install and trial smart LED lighting into an area of Hillcrest around Waikato University is to commence in late February 2017.

The new lighting and trial will form part of a business case that will allow Council to determine if this type of technology can be rolled out across the city.

This is the first area in Hamilton to be completely upgraded and to incorporate "smart" lighting, and the benefits of the system include lower electricity usage, less maintenance and an improved lighting level. The technology can also automatically detect when a light has failed and notify the maintenance teams.

In the future the system will also enable add-ons using wireless technology possibly including the ability to incorporate the lights into a civil defence warning system and link to other devices such as rubbish bins, bus stops and other assets.

Why your views matter

We are seeking your views on the existing lighting in your area, particularly around:

  • the current level of street lighting
  • the current level of street lighting for people on bikes and pedestrians
  • if you want better or more lighting
  • if you think we have too much lighting
  • if you think we can reduce lighting at certain times of the night to save power.

What happens next?

Once all the lights are up we will test the system and ask for further feedback from you in late March.

Based on this feedback and a technical review of the system the information will feed into a business case for Council to decide whether this type of "smart" lighting can be installed throughout the city.

The trial is for a period of six months, however after the trial the LED bulbs will remain in your street, however we won’t have the ability to communicate or make changes to them whilst they are operating. 


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