What is lighting planning in charge of
The Lighting Planning Branch is responsible for the planning, design, inspection and maintenance planning of the public lighting infrastructure for the eThekwini Municipality. This includes the planning and design of new lighting installations, upgrading of existing lighting infrastructure, streetlight pole relocations, research and investigation into new lighting technologies, planned streetlight network maintenance and bulk lamp replacements.

Purpose of street lighting
The purpose of providing streetlighting is to create a lighted environment, which will contribute to the safe and comfortable movement of vehicles and pedestrians during the hours of darkness. If these requirements are met, road accidents and criminal activities in the streets can be substantially reduced. (SANS 10098)

Type of luminaires used and application
There are various luminaires used by eThekwini Electricity as they have specialised functionality.

HPMV – High Pressure Mercury Vapour
HPS – High Pressure Sodium
MH – Metal Halide
LED – Light Emitting Diode
W – Watt

80W HPMV – for streetlighting in residential areas
250W HPMV – for streetlighting on localised highly pedestrianised areas in residential streets.
400W HPMV – no longer used, ow replaced with 250W HPS

70W HPS – for streetlighting in residential areas, but due to its orange/yellow type light output, it is often perceived as a dull type of light by consumers. It is often used where a certain ambience is required and a decorative effect is needed.
150W HPS – for streetlighting on major residential streets, main distributor roads and connecting roads.
250W HPS - for streetlighting along important traffic routes with speed limits not exceeding 60kph. Provides good light output, but compromises on colour.
400W HPS - for freeway lighting for speed limits exceeding 90 kph. Provides good light output, but compromises on colour. Lamps last up to 4 years before they reach 70% of their light output.

70W MH - for streetlighting in highly pedestrianised streets where a brilliant white light is needed to create a higher level of security.
150W MH – for streetlighting along minor roads in the CBD where CCTV monitoring is necessary
250W MH – for streetlighting along main roads in the CBD where CCTV monitoring is necessary
400MH – for streetlighting along high volume traffic routes as well as highly pedestrianised areas such as the main beachfront where CCTV monitoring is necessary.

59W LED (80W) - replaces the 80W HPMV on residential streets and produces a distinct clear, brilliant white light, creates a safer environment for residents.
88W LED (150W) - replaces the 150W HPS on major residential streets and produces a distinct clear, brilliant white light.
148W LED (250W) - replaces the 250W HPS on important traffic routes and produces a distinct clear, brilliant white light.

LED street lights: These are the new technology streetlights which are now being used more and more throughout the lighting industry. Although there are no international standards available for LED lighting at the moment, there are best practices and guidelines available which engineers can use when creating a specification to suit their needs.
 
Rules and Regulations
Only municipal staff and their appointed contractors who have been deemed competent in terms of eThekwini Electricity’s Safety Rules, are authorised, and are familiar with their Codes of Practice are permitted to work on eThekwini’s electrical network.

Request for street lighting
All requests for additional lighting, s/l pole relocations, dim lights, upgrade of s/l must be reported to the Chief Technologist, Lighting Division Planning.
NB: Where an existing electricity pole has electrical connections attached to it which provide electricity supply to homes or commercial properties, this will be dealt with by our regional Distribution Planning section.

The following channels of communication can be used by consumers when requesting lighting improvements:
  • The request must be formalised, eg. E-mail, fax or hand-written letter. No sms’s or telephonic communication will be accepted.
  • The senior clerk may be contacted on (031) 311 9529 or chief technologist on (031) 311 9538 for any further information
  • Hand written letters must be addressed to The Chief Technologist, EThekwini Electricity, Lighting Division Planning, 1 Jelf Taylor Crescent, Durban, 4000.
  • E-mails must be addressed to smithc@elec.durban.gov.za or Custocare@elec.durban.gov.za
  • Faxes must be addressed to The Chief Technologist, EThekwini Electricity, Lighting Division Planning and be faxed to (031) 311 9010.
  • Online requests via eThekwini Municipality’s Website