Hats off for a smart lighting solution along ANZAC Parade in the capital

Media Release

1 February 2017

The iconic WWI inspired, helmet-shaped lighting along Canberra’s ANZAC Parade is being upgraded using an innovative design that will bring the lights into the 21st century and reduce running costs. 

In 2000, 116 of the unique lights were installed to create a striking avenue to link the national memorials and provide an impressive setting for Canberra’s ANZAC Day celebrations.

The Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority (NCA), Malcolm Snow, said the original light sources had a life span of around 15 years and were due to be replaced. 

“We have had exceptional value for money from these light fittings and we were looking for an innovative lighting and electronics solution that incorporated the latest technology,” Mr Snow said.

“Gerard Lighting was the original designer of the lights and they have come up with a clever solution that will reduce power consumption by 43 per cent,” Mr Snow said. 

The Senior Solutions Engineer of Gerard Lighting, Guy Hatton-Ward, said the lights had plasma bulbs that were very common in their day, but they are old technology and no longer manufactured.

“What we've done is design a LED lighting and electronics system that allows the NCA to monitor and control each light via computer, it will even allow the NCA to dim the lights in early hours of the morning to further reduce running costs,” Mr Hatton-Ward said. 

The replacement program began late last year and will finish in April 2017, in time for ANZAC Day celebrations.