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LED Streetlight Installation Begins Today in Pickering

June 19, 2017

PICKERING, ON – Installation is in progress in the City of Pickering, Ontario, to upgrade the current streetlight system to light-emitting diode (LED) technology that is expected to reduce the municipality’s streetlight energy costs by approximately 54%.


The reduced costs are made possible because LEDs will consume 63% less electricity than the high-pressure sodium lights they replace. The system of 7,265 luminaires will be easier to maintain since LEDs are a solid-state technology (with no moving parts) and last up to four times longer than the Municipality's existing streetlights.  The upgrade is expected to reduce maintenance costs by up to 80%.


“Replacing our existing streetlight system with LED Technology just makes sense.  We expect to realize a 7-year payback through combined energy savings and reduction in maintenance costs,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “This project strengthens Pickering reputation as a leader in sustainability, as LED Technology uses less energy and last longer than the traditional high-pressure sodium lights.”


In addition to being energy efficient, LED fixtures have been proven to reduce light pollution. 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 Pickering to annually reduce its emission of greenhouse gases by an estimated 137 metric tons, the equivalent of the greenhouse gas emissions from 43.5 tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled.


Local road streetlights will be upgraded to 3000K colour temperature LEDs. The remaining streetlights will be replaced with 4000K fixtures.


LAS (Local Authority Services) and RealTerm Energy will provide a turnkey solution for the conversion of the City’s streetlights. This will include a Geographic Information System (G.I.S.) audit, photometric design, procurement, installation, certified recycling and a 10-year warranty. 


To date, over 160 Ontario municipalities have chosen to upgrade to LED street lighting with LAS and RealTerm Energy including Niagara Falls, London and Barrie.


Quick Project Overview                              

Total number of fixtures

7,265 (including retrofits, cobra head and decorative fixtures)

Estimated annual electricity cost savings


Estimated annual electricity consumption reduction


Estimated annual greenhouse gas reduction

137 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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