Calgarians can expect to see lights being replaced in the Beltline, East Village, Chinatown, and the commercial core after the sun goes down throughout the summer and fall. In November, the crews will move back to installing in residential areas.
Why the switch to LED? There are plenty of benefits to using LED streetlights, including:
- The whiter colour of the light helps make objects appear more clearly.
- The amount of spilled light is reduced, ensuring light is focused on the roads and sidewalks.
- Short term and long term reductions in costs, maintenance work, and energy consumption
Roads Director Troy McLeod encourages Calgarians to look for the new lights in their neighbourhoods. “Our new LED lights have made a significant difference in nighttime visibility, and these lights will save Calgarians money in both electricity consumption and lifecycle maintenance.”
In addition to better lighting, the conversion to LEDs will save the City of Calgary over $6 million in annual maintenance costs. Once the program is complete, over 80,000 LED lights will be installed, and energy consumption will be half when compared to the previous lights. That’s the equivalent of taking over 5,500 vehicles off the road.
For more information about LEDs, including details about the warmer light used in residential areas, visit the project page and FAQ.