Vector Lights energy use - live

Vector Lights is powered by a mix of leading technology, including solar, battery and peer-to-peer systems.

Energy generated by solar panels is stored in a shipping container-sized Tesla Powerpack battery. Smart meters at the battery and on Auckland Harbour Bridge relay data between each other every 10 seconds. Using peer-to-peer technology, the amount of power Vector Lights uses at any one time is relayed back to the battery, which then releases this amount of power.

Here you'll see the live dashboard of the energy being created and used by Vector Lights.


Sources: Fun Fact #1 Average home’s power usage from MBIE. Fun Fact #4 (Equivalent native trees) calculated by using the ‘Amount of Carbon offset per hectare per year’ given in table two of the Ministry for Primary Industries’ ‘Look-up Tables for Forestry in the Emissions Trading Scheme, December 2015’ and assuming there are 1,200 native trees per hectare. Fun Fact #5 ‘Carbon avoided’ calculated using Carbon Emissions Factor of 0.119453.  Fun Fact #6 Car emissions per kilometre taken from Ministry for the Environment and average daily car distance taken from the Ministry of Transport



  • Dec 13
    Vector Lights for the Festive Season

    It’s going to be Auckland’s brightest festive season yet with Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge! The sustainable light show, and accompanying soundtrack, will countdown the 12 days of a Kiwi Christmas. The show will repeat every 15 minutes from Thursday 13 to Monday 24 December between 9pm until midnight.

  • Dec 31
    Vector Lights for New Year's Eve

    As the first international city to welcome in the New Year, Auckland’s iconic landmarks are turning on a visual extravaganza for lucky visitors and residents to feast their eyes on as they countdown to 2020.


  • Jan 25
    Vector Lights for Auckland Anniversary

    Vector Lights on the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge celebrates Auckland Anniversary Weekend with a dazzling lighting show.

  • Feb 06
    Vector Lights for Waitangi Day

    Waitangi Day is a national holiday that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the tangata whenua  and the Crown.  
    As part of this collaboration between Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Council and Vector Lights, the iwi manaaki of Matariki Festival are offered the opportunity to tell their stories in lights on Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge.

  • Feb 09
    Vector Lights for Auckland Pride Festival

    Auckland’s rainbow communities will come together to celebrate our unique mix of cultures, sexualities and gender identities in Aotearoa New Zealand’s most super-diverse city!
    View Vector Lights in rainbow colours in support of Auckland Pride Festival.

  • Feb 13
    Vector Lights for Lantern Festival 2020

    Auckland’s largest annual festival and New Zealand’s largest Chinese cultural festival, the Auckland Lantern Festival attracts nearly 200,000 people every year. It showcases traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, and Auckland’s Chinese stories and communities.

  • Mar 14
    Vector Lights for Pasifika Festival

    Get with the island beat and be entertained by some of Pasifika’s best. Immerse yourself in one of the many performance stages located around Western Springs Park. 

  • Apr 25
    Vector Lights for Anzac Day

    Vector Lights will commemorate Anzac Day with a stunning light and sound show from Saturday 25 April – Monday 27 April.

Past events

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  • Oct 24
    Vector Lights for Tuia 250

    The Tuia 250 light only show will run every 30 minutes from 8pm until midnight from Thursday 24th October to Sunday 27th October. Read more about the story behind the show here

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  • Oct 21
    Vector Lights for World Energy Day

    For World Energy Day we continue to highlight the role energy plays in New Zealand’s journey to net zero carbon with a replay of last year's show. Watch the history of energy and take a glimpse at Aotearoa’s new energy future. From 8pm. Show repeats every 30 minutes.

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