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The Town is going LED! (New)

As recommended in the Town's Corporate Energy Management Plan (pdf), the Town is in the midst of a Streetlight Retrofit of cobrahead streetlights on Town-owned roads.

Phase one of the retrofit represents about a quarter (1,500 of 5,500) streetlights throughout the Town of Caledon. News Release

LED streetlight's offer a wealth of benefits including reduced energy consumption and maintenance, longer lifespan, and improved lighting quality.

Map of phase one

LED Lighting: Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why is the Town of Caledon doing and LED Streetlight Upgrade?

In response to Provincial energy reporting requirements and to support the Town's green leadership record, the Town has been piloting exterior LED lighting in parking lots and outside of  Town facilities since 2009 with positive results.

Specifically, the Province's Green Energy Act regulation mandates that the Town create an energy conservation and demand management plan for its facilities.  The Town expanded this requirement and included within its 2014 Corporate Energy Management Plan Update an action to retrofit the Town's streetlights to LED due to the anticipated energy and greenhouse gas emissions savings.

2.  Why now?

LED street lighting technology has seen major improvements and costs have stabilized.

3. Why is the Town of Caledon only converting some of the streetlights to LED?

The Town plans to take a multi-year phased approach on converting its streetlights to LED. Currently, the Town is retrofitting approximately 1, 500 of its 5, 500 street lights. The first phase of this retrofit is for all cobra head streetlights located on Town owned roads. The next phase will be seeking budget approval in the coming years to retrofit decorative lighting, which is located in many of the Village downtown cores and residential subdivisions.  The price of LED decorative street lighting is still in fluctuation, as such, this next phase is dependent on pricing and budget approval.

4. What are LEDs?

LED stands for light-emitting diode and is considered a very energy efficient form of lighting technology. LEDs are semi-conductor devices that emit light when an electric current passes through them. They also have a much longer life span; LEDs typically last up to 100, 000 hours and consume 40-60% less electricity than typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) Street lights. More information

5. What are the benefits of LED Streetlights?

The benefits of LED lighting for streetlights over typical HPS or Mercury Vapour lamps are vast. Some of the key benefits are outlined below:

  • Lower energy consumption: Typically LED lighting retrofits can result in up to 40-60% energy savings
  • Longer Lifespan: LED lights do not typically burn out. Instead they lose brightness over time, while lasting much longer than HPS or Mercury Vapour lighting. LEDs are expected to last up to 100, 000 hours, reducing the maintenance costs of street lights.
  • More Accurate Colour Rendering: Colour rendering is a measurement of how well a light source correctly reproduces the colours of an object in comparison to an ideal light source. LEDs have a much more accurate colour rendering index.
  • Environmental Impact: LEDs don't contain mercury or lead.                
  • Ability to quickly turn on and off the luminaires.
  • LEDs have dimming capabilities which are beneficial for when and where less street lighting is required.
  • Enhanced safety: through more directional lighting and better colour rendering (areas are better lit with better visibility of colours and objects). 

6. How many streetlights are being replaced in 2015?

Approximately 1, 500 of the Town's 5, 500 streetlights are being converted to LED as part of Phase I of the Town's Streetlight LED retrofit program.

7. How do I know what streetlights are being replaced?

Check out this map for more information about the streetlight conversion project in each Ward:

Map of Phase One LED Streetlight Conversion (click to view)

8. When will the streetlight conversion take place?

The LED Streetlight conversion program will begin the week of September 28th and is expected to be complete by the end of November. 

9. Are other municipalities converting their streetlights to LED?

Yes. Caledon is not alone in its LED streetlight program.  Over 100 Ontario municipalities (i.e. Barrie, Mississauga, Hamilton, Innisfil, Owen Sound) and many throughout Canada are upgrading to LED street lighting technology due to the anticipated energy savings, reduced maintenance costs and improved lighting quality benefits.

10. What is the Town of Caledon doing with the older HPS streetlights it is replacing?
The existing streetlights that are being removed will be recycled at qualified environmental disposal centres, helping to divert waste and harmful chemicals from our landfills.

11. What areas in Caledon currently have LED street lighting in place?

The Town has undergone various LED lighting retrofits as pilots leading up to the LED Streetlight conversion program. Some more recent projects include pedestrian lighting on Columbia Way, and new LED decorative lighting within several road reconstruction projects including Mountcrest Road, Valleygreen Crescent, and Valewood Drive in Caledon East, and at Anne and Stern Street and along Bolton Heights Drive in Bolton.To formally mandate LED lighting in new developments and reconstruction projects, Council adopted a new outdoor LED lighting standard in November 2013.

12.   How can LED lighting help improve safety in my community?

Traditional HPS streetlights disperse light in a variety of directions. LED streetlights are much more directional and are dark sky compliant. The light emitted from LED's are whiter, and concentrated on the road and sidewalk space. This results in a better light source providing motorists and pedestrians with improved clarity and visibility to identify objects and colours at night.

13.   Do LEDs contain mercury?

No. LEDs do not contain mercury. 

14.   How do I report a burnt out streetlight, or a streetlight that is on during the day?

Please contact the Town of Caledon's Public Works department at public.works@caledon.ca. If you don't have access to e-mail, please call 905-584-2272 and your call will be directed.

If you are walking and notice that the streetlight is out, kindly take note the Town of Caledon ID number that is placed on the pole. If this isn't visible, please reference the closest address or landmark to the streetlight so the Town can correct the issue.

Corporate Energy Management Planplan

Through conservation, increased efficiency and alternative fuel options, the Town of Caledon has targeted energy as a key sector to engage in environmental action. 

Leading change by example the Town's Corporate Energy Management Plan (1,879 kb, pdf), approved by Council in 2010, is a three-year outline that positions the Town among the leaders in energy management, while providing the Municipality with the tools and direction to meet the upcoming regulatory requirements of the Green Energy and Green Economy Act

The plan sets five distinct goals, illustrating the Town's commitment to energy management:

  1. Reduce the environmental impact of the Town's operations;
  2. Maximize fiscal resources through direct and indirect energy savings;
  3. Increase the comfort and safety of staff and patrons at Caledon facilities;
  4. Improve the reliability of Town equipment and reduce maintenance; and,
  5. Provide the leadership and guidance necessary for the adoption of a culture of sustainability.

The Climate Change Action Plan also targets energy as an important sector to engage in achieving the Town's target for greenhouse gas reduction.  The Town of Caledon has also been in talks with Energy sector stakeholders to build strategies to effectively implement the targets outlined in the action plan in order to promote the use of efficient and environmentally responsible energy in future development. 

Green Building Standard

The Town of Caledon Corporate Green Building Standard sets out the Town of Caledon's commitment to incorporate sustainable building design principles into the planning, design, and construction of new municipal buildings and major renovations of existing buildings. Sustainable building design can lead to monetary savings, reduced environmental impact and a healthier and a more productive working environment. 

Town of Caledon Corporate Green Building Standard (pdf)

Race to Reduce

Race to ReduceThe Town of Caledon has joined the 'Race to Reduce' challenge.  This four-year challenge run by the Greater Toronto Civic Action Alliance aims to reduce total energy use in participating private and public office buildings by 10%. 

Race to Reduce is a unique Greening Greater Toronto program that represents unprecedented collaboration between office building landlords and tenants to encourage smart energy use.  It encourages behavioral and positive team-building amongst landlords, tenants and their employees. 

The Town has committed to lead the community in energy savings practices with Town Hall now as part of the Race to Reduce.  Town Hall will have energy monitoring software soon added so that both public and staff will be able to see our energy use in real time.  Over the course of the race you will be able to monitor the Towns efforts to improve the efficiency of the building.  Come see our energy use! Check back often as we continue to improve the facility!

Contact

For more information, please write to us at environment@caledon.ca or call 905.584.2272.