Although LED products have a higher initial cost than conventional lights, we can’t disregard the dramatic savings LED products offer in the long run! Over their working lives, LED products offer various advantages, such as reducing electricity consumption, replacing lamp costs and lowering maintenance costs.
Did you know? Regular fluorescent lights use twice as much power as LED tubes to produce half the light. They are 2.5 times brighter than most fluorescents – purchasing 2 tubes for a 4 tube fixture is often enough. If you drive around at night and see all of the lights left on, you can begin to imagine the potential savings in power!
In Canada particularly, we are working hard towards a future of better energy consumption – which begins with LED products. To give you an idea of how widespread these initiatives are becoming, discover the larger cities in Western Canada that have made the switch to LED lighting. The cities listed below have adopted LED lighting for its incredible advantages, and you should too!
Vancouver, British Columbia
Fact: Vancouver was one of the first cities to adopt LED lighting for its energy efficiency!
In an effort to become Canada’s greenest city, Vancouver has LED test installations and prototypes in place to evaluate solar powered LED lighting, streetlights and other LED lighting products used for artistic effects. In regards to Vancouver’s new LED streetlights, Rhys Williams (who manages the streets and electrical design for the City of Vancouver) reports that “LED lights are 40 per cent more efficient” and that the City of Vancouver expects these lights to last longer. Williams also reported that Vancouver’s green energy plan includes a large scale replacement plan for lights (for the meantime, lights are being replaced on an as-needed basis.) Source
Fact: Calgary’s transition to LED lights can be seen from the International Space Station! Check it Out Here
Similar to Vancouver, Calgary is always on the hunt for new ways to reduce electricity consumption and to provide quality lighting on city roadways and sidewalks. In order to achieve these goals, Calgary has implemented LED street lighting. According to the City of Calgary, although LED lighting is roughly the same cost as the older standard high pressure sodium lights, it offers longer term benefits. LED street lighting longer term benefits include:
- Reduces electricity consumption
- Objects appear clearer and more defined due to better quality
- The amount of spilled or wasted light is reduced as lighting is focused on roads and sidewalks, which are most useful to us
As stated by the City of Calgary, based on an assessment of available technologies, LED (light emitting diode) lighting has been identified as the best fit option for Calgary’s roads. Council has approved a city wide retrofit of 80,000 streetlights in the summer 2017. Source
Fact: Edmonton initiated a LED street lighting Project to change the city’s efficiency potential. Check out the areas where LED street lighting has been implemented in Edmonton: Map
Edmonton’s LED street lighting pilot project was created to test and temporarily install energy efficient fixtures at various locations across the city. Test areas consist of five LED fixtures from several different manufacturers. Source
Like the City of Calgary, the City of Edmonton has also created a list of LED lighting advantages in opposition to the high pressure sodium fixtures currently in use: Source
- Energy efficient providing energy savings
- Longevity and decreased energy consumption offer significant maintenance savings
- Control of light dispersion spreads light out evenly and reduces light pollution and light trespass
- Reduces CO2 emissions
The replacement of existing high pressure sodium street lights with LED lighting began in residential areas in 2011. The City of Edmonton has created a neighbourhood rehabilitation program to ensure all street light systems are replaced with LED fixtures (this includes bases and underground cabling.) Edmonton also created a neighbourhood LED retrofit program, which targets neighbourhoods with poor pole conditions and old luminaries (in this case, the pole conditions and old luminaries will be replaced.) As we can see, Edmonton as a city is on its way towards an entire LED lighting system.
Fact: In 2015, the the City of Lethbridge completed its park lighting replacement that increased safety in the evening hours.
The parks and pathway systems include approximately 670 lights which now provide longer periods of safe public use into the evening hours. In this case, we can recognize a safety advantage that LED lighting offers.
The City of Lethbridge completed two other LED projects as well! In 2013, 4,500 LED fixtures were implemented in the downtown core. In 2014, a project was completed to replace luminaries in the north and west with LED fixtures.This project was completed in the spring of 2014 when more than 11,000 fixtures were replaced. Source
Fact: You can use an interactive map to locate a streetlight outage in Saskatoon. Click here
According to the City of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Light & Power is installing LED lighting in new areas of the city. The fixtures use approximately 60% less energy than high pressure sodium fixtures and significantly reduce the amount of light shining onto private property. A color temperature of 4100K has been selected for the LED fixtures. Read More
As we have discovered, cities are constantly making the change to LED technology to reduce energy consumption and costs. It is now time for our homes and businesses to follow suit and make the switch to LED lighting. In doing so, we will be able to utilize the benefits LED technology offers, while investing in our future and promoting sustainability.
Hesitant to spend the extra money to make the switch to LED bulbs? We’ve compiled a list of the top reasons people now use LED over conventional bulbs:
- Proven to have 75% in energy savings.
- The white light is a much nicer light on the eyes and even helps vision. If you normally use reading glasses, under white light it is very likely you won’t need them anymore.
- The long lifespan of the LED bulbs saves you money.
- Good for your health – they do not contain chemicals or anything harmful.
- LED bulbs do not produce a lot of heat, providing savings in the summer on air conditioning.
- The cold weather conditions will not affect the bulbs, making them great for outdoor shops.
- The bright 6500k is a full spectrum light, making it great for growing plants.
- The fluorescent bulb replacements are 2.5 times brighter than most fluorescents (2 tubes for a 4 tube fixture would be enough.)
- The bulbs are low wattage which makes it easier to live off the grid.
- Good for the environment, ensuring less waste.
- Variety of options and color temperatures.
- With their sleek modern style, these bulbs will enhance your home decor.
- Once carbon tax kicks in, the benefits of going LED will be even greater.
- Alberta offers rebate programs to those using LED bulbs.
- LED technology is the way of the future.
As you can see from this list, switching over to LED bulbs is a no brainer! You will save money in the long run, improve your health and reduce the amount of energy consumed, thus reducing your carbon footprint. If you still aren’t convinced, contact us or visit us at any of our locations in Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon.