The Island saving 40% electricity via streetlighting retrofit
April 24, 2014 - Prince Edward Island’s transportation and infrastructure renewal minister, Robert Vessey, says converting older highway lights to LEDs is reducing the province’s electricity bill.
By Anthony Capkun
“By switching our existing highway lighting to LEDs, we are seeing a cost savings of about 40% on electricity compared to our older fixtures,” Vessey said.
Work began in 2012 to convert the province’s 1265 highway lights to LED. The most inefficient of the existing low- and high-pressure sodium lights were replaced first; now lights are being converted at all major intersections.
Depending on the amount of light needed, the province uses LED panels that contain 48, 72 or 96 LEDs. The TransCanada Highway realignment between New Haven and Bonshaw uses exclusively LED lighting. Half of all highway lights will be changed over to LED by the end of the current fiscal year in March 2015, and every light in the province should be converted by 2017.
Photo shows traffic operations engineer Alan Aitken (right) explaining the features of the 72-LED and 48-LED panels to Vessey. Photo by Brian Simpson.