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LED Streetlight Upgrade Project

The City is converting high-pressure sodium (HPS) light bulbs in street lights to high-efficiency light emitting diodes (LED).

The conversion will take up to four years to complete and involve more than 14,000 street lights across the city. When work is done our streets will be brighter and the City's energy bills will be lower.

Why We're Making the Switch to LED

Light comparison - HPS versus LEDCost savings

  • LED street lights will reduce annual energy and maintenance costs by as much as 60%.
  • The upgrade to LED will result in $720,000 in annual energy savings and $350,000 in annual maintenance savings for the City.
  • LED lights last five times longer than HPS bulbs.
  • The design of the LED casing makes it easier to access electrical components for replacement and repairs.

Better lighting

  • LEDs give off a more natural white glow compared to the yellow hue of HPS lights.
  • LEDs have better light distribution and have less glare.
  • The new LED street lights will have zero up-light, meaning there will be no wasted light pointing up towards the sky - all the light shines on the ground.

The upgrade process

Street lights will be updated in stages, beginning with the southeast area of the city. Crews will move to the northeast later in 2016, the northwest in 2017 and  wrap up in the southwest in 2018.

What residents can expect:

  • Crews will be working from bucket trucks parked on the street to convert street lights from HPS to LED.
  • On average, each street light takes around seven minutes to change, so crews won't be on residential streets for too long.

Work is being completed by Alectra Power Services (formerly Enersource Power Services), a utility provider who has completed similar projects for the City of Mississauga and the City of Hamilton. 



Project Map


PDF maps of each work area are available using these links:


  • Maps for each work area  indicate the wattage of the current HPS lights. The replacement LEDs will have an equivalent wattage.
  • The only streetlights not being upgraded to LED are those inside parks, decorative street lights and lights on private property.

How the Project is Being Funded

The LED street light conversion project was approved by City Council earlier this spring at a cost of $7 million. The City anticipates receiving $1.1 million in funding from the Independent Electricity System Operator incentive fund, bringing the cost of the upgrade down to $5.9 million, which will be paid for over a six year period using funds from the Federal Gas Tax.

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