580 CFRA News Talk Radio :: City of Ottawa installing 58,000 new LED streetlights :: News - Article

This was posted more than 12 months ago. The information may be outdated.

By Sara Cimetta, CFRA News, August 22, 2016

The City of Ottawa is lighting the way to a greener future.58,000 city streetlights are being converted to energy-efficient LED lights.

The current streetlights make up 17 per cent of the city's electricity use and cost more than $7.2 million a year. Mayor Jim Watson says the new lights will cost $30 million initially, but will save tax payers $6 million annually once the new lights are all installed.

The LED lights will help reduce power usage by 50 per cent, and have a far longer lifespan than the previous technology. The current lights have a lifespan of 12,000 to 18,000 hours, while the new LED lights boast a lifespan of 50,000 to 100,000 hours.

http://www.cfra.com/news/2016/08/22/city-of-ottawa-installing-58000-new-led-streetlights