The City says switching out Guelph’s high pressure sodium street lights with LEDs will result in the use of less electricity, save money, reduce maintenance, and provide better lighting.
Council approved switching more than 13,000 streetlights to LED bulbs and upgrading to adaptive controls.
The City’s Manager of the Climate Change Office, Alex Chapman, says an estimated $14.2 million will be saved over a 15-year period and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 464 tonnes per year. That’s equivalent to taking 98 cars off the road.
The $8 million city-wide transition to LED street lights could start as early as this fall, and take approximately 7-to-12 months to complete.