City of Ryde – LED lighting retrofit program

Smarter lighting achieving energy savings


As part of the City of Ryde’s overall vision of adopting a ‘smart cities’ strategy for the Ryde Town Centre, the City’s lighting needed to be upgraded from high wattage metal halide lighting to energy efficient, long life LED lighting. The LED lighting needed to meet the required lighting standards of Category P2 (pedestrian lighting standards) & V3, (applied for highways and major arterial roads) levels and achieve energy efficiency gains of at least 40% over the existing lighting. Pivotal to the project was the provision of a smart controls system. This feature would provide the Council with the ability to control the lighting remotely and allow for dimming, scheduling, fault and network infrastructure monitoring. The City also wanted a solution that not only supported their near-term lighting needs, but also provide the bandwidth, reliability, and partner ecosystem to allow them to expand into other smart city applications. It was important to the City that the solution be based on open standards, allowing them to have their choice of vendors.

Installation on Ryde Road, one of Sydney’s busiest main roads, was the most challenging aspect of this installment for Sylvania. A major arterial road surrounding the busy Top Ryde Shopping complex and transport hub, restricted change-over to low shopper and commuter traffic hours.


Sylvania was tasked to cre­­ate a contemporary lighting solution which incorporated a LED luminaire that had a 7-pin NEMA base and included radio frequency control node. Sylvania worked with Silver Spring Networks, a global leader in networking and IT solutions for critical infrastructure to provide the City of Ryde with a network that enables each luminaire to be controlled remotely, via a leading edge wireless access point (WAP). This single WAP is able to service 5000 luminaries within a ten kilometre radius, thus future-proofing the installation by enabling capabilities to service several of the town centres for later stages.

“The outdoor lighting control system is imperative to our Council’s vision of creating a livable, smart city environment. We envisage City of Ryde as being an early adopter in this space and we’ve invested in and implemented the new lighting to allow our council to take advantage of the latest technologies to achieve efficiency and cost savings,” said Vimal Vinodan, Street Infrastructure Engineer – Asset Systems, City of Ryde.

The adoption of the outdoor lighting control system is one of the first in NSW, which delivers a world class Smart City technology platform. Additional features can be added in the future such as; motion, light and rain sensors, with the potential to also trigger external devices such as VMS and emergency response alarms. This was also one of the first installations in public lighting which will claim the NSW Energy Saving certificates. With changes implemented in April 2016, the NSW Energy Saving certificate was put in place to reduce electricity consumption in NSW by creating financial incentives for organisations to invest in energy saving projects.

Sylvania supplied a total of 68 Sylvania Arterial luminaires at two separate locations – Meadowbank Station and Top Ryde. The contemporary design of the luminaire, its highly efficient performance and functionality ensured that the luminaire met all the urban design, energy efficiency and asset management criteria of the Council.

The smart outdoor lighting control system from Silver Spring were easily commissioned during the original installation. The nodes automatically register with the network, and are managed within Streetlight Vision, Silver Spring’s Central Management System. This tool allows for configurable asset management, real time control and alerting on the status of the light, and scheduling management to allow for advanced dimming schemes. Additional sensors, such as traffic cameras or environmental sensors, can be connected to the Streetlight Vision application, allowing the City to tie various sources of data together when making decisions.

Exceeding the council requirements, Sylvania were able to achieve greater than a 50% reduction in energy converting the conventional metal halide luminaires to networked LEDs. As part of its longer term objective, the council plan to convert 50 lights per annum to LED as part of their plan to modernize the city’s infrastructure.


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This project has set the path for the future and Sylvania was able to support the Council in achieving its vision. We took a very transparent and collaborative approach with this project. It’s been an important partnership for us,” said Kaushal Kapadia, CEO, Sylvania-Schréder .

The installation of this new lighting system ensures long-term maintenance savings due to long life LED luminaires whilst maintaining lighting standards. The installation is further enhanced via the outdoor lighting control system which provides the Council with transparency of asset performance, flexibility to optimize lighting, better decision making ability and the overall capacity by Council to provide residents with quality infrastructure services. “We are excited to partner with the City of Ryde and with Sylvania to deliver a smart lighting solution that improves citizen’s lives,” said Alex Beveridge, Head of Sales for ANZ. The new system delivers the ability to provide cost savings through lower operational expenses and energy consumption and the flexibility to scale the installation as necessary to meet the needs of this ever growing ‘city of innovation’.


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