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LED Project gets underway in Caledon

Streetlight at sunset
Written by Patti Foley

Caledon switches to LED streetlights

Phase One of a LED streetlight project is underway in Caledon. Approximately one quarter of the Town’s streetlights will be replaced with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. This will result in energy savings, reduced maintenance costs and a higher quality of light. Installation of these new fixtures is expected to be completed by end of November.

“The Town is pleased to be initiating a LED streetlight retrofit project on its cobrahead style streetlights. As a municipality with a green leadership record, LEDs deliver multiple environmental and economic benefits. Pending budget approval, Town staff is also considering a proposed Phase 2 to address the remaining decorative streetlight fixtures,” said Mayor Allan Thompson.

While consuming much less energy, LEDs produce a clear, white light that improves night visibility and community safety. The beams of LEDs are also more targeted than traditional streetlights to light only the streets and roadways, which helps reduce light pollution. LED streetlights also last four to five times longer than the existing streetlights, significantly reducing maintenance costs and annually reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 56 metric tonnes — the equivalent of the carbon removed by 1,436 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

The project was initiated and designed by Ontario’s Local Authority Services (LAS) and RealTerm Energy using new LED streetlights from CREE Canada, a LED manufacturer. To date, more than 130 municipalities in Ontario have upgraded to LED street lighting.

Project Overview

Total number of streetlights 1,509
Electricity consumption reduction 40-60%
Estimated annual greenhouse gas reduction 56 metric tonnes, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas removed by 1,436 tree seedlings grown for 10 years

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Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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