A Brighter, Cleaner Future Coming Soon To The Streets of Downtown Calgary
July 07, 2016
GE Reports Canada
GE Canada and the City of Calgary are working together to convert the city’s streetlights to LED technology — a move that will save both energy and money. Here, GEreports.ca reprints an update on the project from the City of Calgary’s news blog.
The City has finished converting over 30,000 streetlights across Calgary to energy efficient LED lighting. Ninety-nine residential neighbourhoods are now being lit up with LEDs from Current, powered by GE, and crews will be replacing streetlights in the downtown core over the summer months.
Once the lights have all been installed in central Calgary, the program will be 50% complete. That means over 40,000 LED lights will be illuminating the city.
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.