Nov 20, 2012
Residents will soon notice a more natural white light illuminating their
neighbourhoods and roadways as work crews begin converting street lights from traditional
yellow-orange coloured lights to Light Emitting Diode (LED).
The City's conversion project began with the installation of a monitoring system that detects
malfunctioning street lights multiple times a day and transmits this information wirelessly.
This will be followed by the replacement of the light portion of 49,000 street lights from the
old technology known as High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights to LED. The conversion project will
continue until December 2014.
"The $26 million investment should result in a 55 per cent reduction in future energy
consumption and a significant reduction in maintenance costs for street lighting," said
Martin Powell, commissioner, Transportation and Works Department. "We are proud to be a
leader in implementing this green technology and for being one of the first Canadian cities to
have a citywide LED street light program."
Martin added LED street lighting uses less energy, reduces harmful gas emissions and reduces
sky glow because of a more even distribution of white light.
Twittercue: Citywide LED street lighting conversion is underway and continues until Dec.
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