Solar lighting sees happy pups up-and-running in Hastings Cunningham Reserve dog park in Mount Gambier
City of Mount Gambier
AS/NZS 1188.8.131.520 PP5
City of Mount Gambier, Leadsun and Stuckey Electrical worked to install solar lights at the popular Hastings Cunningham Reserve dog park in Mount Gambier. Locals had expressed wanting to use the park at night but had found it too dark given its position well back from the main street.
Residents reported feeling unsafe at night
The park, which is a combination of open and tree-lined, sheltered areas, is fenced for off-leash playtime and encircled by a pedestrian pathway. Local residents had cited fear of crime and feeling vulnerable when in the area at night, as no lighting meant no vision of any surrounding areas.
The City of Mount Gambier therefore requested the design and construction of a lighting solution to cover as much area as possible to ensure the community felt safe and comfortable to use the facilities after dark.
Design challenges overcome
The Leadsun solar lighting solution installed at the park consisted of 10 standalone solar lighting systems for the open space areas.
The main challenge at Hastings Cunningham Reserve was the critical positioning of the lights’ solar engines to ensure efficient charging capabilities for the lights, which had been strategically positioned to provide consistent illumination across the open and tree-lined areas.
Innovative design ensures the best lighting distribution
Leadsun’s design ensures the optimum combination of systems to provide the best light distribution plus adequate illumination around the entrance whilst employing minimal infrastructure.
This provided council not only the best result for the community, but the best value for money too.
Lights – and dogs – up-and-running in two days
With the expertise of Stuckey Electrical for installation and commissioning, the complete solar lighting system at the dog park was installed and fully operational within two days.
Consistent lighting around the park means owners and their pets can see each other easily and now feel safe with surroundings lit in the early morning, evening and night-time – providing a fantastic result for, not only for the residents and council but, the community’s happy four-legged friends too.
Leadsun Products Used
- P Category lighting compliance – AS/NZS 1184.108.40.2060 PP3
- Number of lights – 9
- Solar module series –AE3 & AE6
- Solar size – 60W & 130W
- LED output programming – 100% for 5hrs from dusk then DIM to 20% till dawn
- Pole footing type – Ragbolt
- Pole type – Lowerable
- Additional solutions – N/A
Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which this project was undertaken, the Boandik People. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.