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LED Streetlights Bring Multiple Benefits to Addington Highlands

July 17, 2014

The beauty of this Ontario township has a new accent at night with the upgrade of its streetlight system to light emitting diodes (LED) which will reduce light pollution and use less energy. Installation of the 148 streetlights finished in early July. The new lighting system is designed to reduce annual streetlight energy bills by 65% because LEDs require far less electricity than traditional streetlights. Addington Highlands’ reduction in energy consumption is also expected to reach 65%.

The streetlight upgrade was proposed and designed by Ontario’s Local Authority Services (LAS) and RealTerm Energy using new LED fixtures from CREE Canada, one of the world’s leading LED manufacturers. “We were excited to provide Addington Highlands a turn-key solution where we act as project manager over the design and installation,” said Sean Neely, RealTerm Energy president. “This allows the township to focus on the savings.”

The people of Addington Highlands are already seeing the clear, white light produced by LEDs that improves visibility and 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 three to five times longer than the existing streetlights, so the township is also expected to reduce maintenance costs by up to 80%.

More than 50 other Ontario municipalities have upgraded to LED streetlight systems with LAS and RealTerm Energy in the past 12 months including North Frontenac, Tweed, and Arnprior.

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