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LED Streetlight Install Underway in Highlands East

January 04, 2017

HIGHLANDS EAST, ON – The Municipality of Highlands East is currently upgrading its streetlight system to energy-efficient, light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights to reduce energy and maintenance costs while improving lighting quality. Installation of the new fixtures began December 21, 2016, and is expected to be complete mid-January.


The sustainable upgrade will help reduce streetlight energy consumption by an estimated 45% because LEDs require far less electricity than the high-pressure sodium lights they are replacing. The retrofit will also cut streetlight maintenance costs by up to 80%, because LEDs are a solid state technology (with no moving parts) and last up to four times longer than the Municipality’s existing streetlights.


“Highlands East Council is excited to have all our existing streetlights replaced by LEDs and is looking forward to reducing our energy consumption by approximately 45%”, said Shannon Hunter, CAO/Treasurer.


In addition to being energy-efficient, LED optics are designed to diffuse and distribute the light in a more precise manner than traditional streetlights thus reducing glare and lighting only targeted areas.


Upgrading to LEDs is an environmentally conscious choice, for it will allow Highlands East to annually reduce its emission of greenhouse gases by an estimated 3 metric tons, the equivalent of the carbon removed by nearly 80 tree seedlings grown for the next 10 years.


The project was initiated and designed by Ontario’s Local Authority Services (LAS) and RealTerm Energy. To date, over 155 municipalities in Ontario have chosen to upgrade to LED street lighting with LAS and RealTerm Energy including Niagara Falls, London and Barrie.


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3 metric tons – *GHG emissions depend on the electricity supply mix of the jurisdiction and time of use. These have been calculated using the most current, verified emissions factors found in the 2014 average emissions released by Environment Canada 2016 National Inventory Report (NIR).




Local Authority Services (LAS) is a preferred provider of competitively priced and sustainable co-operative business services for Ontario municipalities and the broader public sector. As the not-for-profit service arm of AMO, LAS helps its customers “save money, make money, and build capacity.”


RealTerm Energy Corp. is redefining the municipal street lighting market with intelligent LED lighting systems and services that deliver unmatched energy and maintenance savings. We create and foster long-term partnerships with forward-thinking private, public and government market leaders to deliver innovative and cost-effective lighting solutions.

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