Burnaby first city in region to convert all streetlights to LED

Energy and maintenance savings will pay for installation costs, city says

Burnaby is now the only city in Metro Vancouver with all LED streetlights. 

The city finished converting all of its streetlights to use the more energy efficient bulbs earlier this month. 

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Light-emitting diode lamps draw 60 per cent less energy than high-pressure sodium bulbs and will save the municipality approximately $750,000 a year, according to a Burnaby press release. The city says the LED lights also last longer and are more focused on roads, disrupting wildlife less.  

“Energy conservation like this makes sense on so many levels,” Mayor Mike Hurley said in a statement. “We are not only reducing our overall energy consumption as a city, but we will also achieve significant financial savings over the coming years. That money can go into other services for residents and for further initiatives that can continue to build a greener city.” 

Burnaby began converting its 11,600 streetlights in 2015 at a cost of $4.8 million. Thanks to the energy and maintenance savings, it expects to recover those costs in six years.

The city is also in the process of converting lights at its facilities across the city, the release says. 

 

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