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Sydney Opera House wins Green Globe award for LED lighting that saves 75 per cent energy

The new LED lights are expected to last nine years and save $70,000 a year.

It made headlines when its famous shell changed LED colours like a diva changes outfits at Vivid Sydney, and now the Sydney Opera House has won a Green Globe award for illuminating its concert hall with an energy-efficient LED scheme that is set to save an estimated $70,000 a year.  

The project won the ‘heritage buildings’ category for excellence in sustainability at the New South Wales Government’s Green Globe awards last week, having reduced energy consumption by 75 per cent.

NSW deputy premier and minister for the arts Troy Grant said: ‘This project shows how new technology can deliver benefits on many fronts – in this case, environmental, financial, artistic and operational.’

The new lighting scheme, developed by theatre lighting and automation systems company State Automation and lighting specialist Lumascape, includes a control system for the stage and auditorium with more flexibility for performance lighting.

Changing to LED technology means it has become easier to create specific lighting effects without the cost of hanging additional luminaires, and the need for general maintenance of the luminaires has also been greatly reduced.

Sydney Opera House Director of Theatre & Events David Claringbold said: ‘The improvements in terms of energy use, waste and staff safety are very substantial.

‘For example, the old lamps lasted between 300 and 1,000 hours, and needed to be changed several times a year.

‘The new lamps are guaranteed for 50,000 hours, so they’ll need to be changed only once every nine years.’

Sydney Opera House has made a short video of its new lights in action.