Northcote High School



The situation

Northcote High School provides education for 1,500 students from Years 7-12. With over 2,000 light fittings throughout the school, it was aware that a considerable amount of its energy expenditure could be attributed to lighting. Both the Principal and Sustainability Manager had a strong desire to improve the energy efficiency of the school and save money on their electricity bills.

The solution

Stage 1

Northcote High opted to upgrade their lighting in two stages. Stage 1 included the gymnasium and external areas. Over 250 Cherry LED lights were installed; a combination of LED Corn lights, LED Flood lights and T8 LED Tubes. In addition to the savings on energy used, the longer
lifetime of 50,000hrs on our LED lights reduced their maintenance costs by over $4,600 per annum across both stages.

Stage 2

The second stage of the project will involve the installation of over 530 Cherry LED T8 Tubes into classrooms, corridors, the library and offices. Flickering lights will become a thing of the past and, by replicating natural daylight, the new Cherry LED lights will dramatically improve the learning environment for both the students and staff.


As well as ensuring a 64% reduction in energy expenditure, Northcote High received a $1,000 subsidy from the City of Darebin’s Light$mart program towards the project.

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