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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.