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Half-way there: 5,400 streetlights now have LED light heads

October 7, 2013 -

Utilities Kingston crews have reached the half-way point in the city-wide LED lighting upgrade project. Over 5,400 of the nearly 10,000 high wattage streetlight fixtures have been replaced with energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

"Utilities Kingston crews are completing the work more quickly than projected after the 2011 pilot project and this energy-saving project is on track to be completed ahead of its original 12-month schedule," says Brad Joyce, Director of Hydro & Business Services at Utilities Kingston. 

This city-wide, $4-million lighting upgrade will provide reliable and energy-efficient street lighting, while reducing light pollution and maintenance costs. It is expected to halve the City's street lighting energy consumption and save significant energy dollars.

The project will receive $330,000 in rebates from the SaveOnEnergy RETROFIT program.

"We're committed to helping the community achieve its goal of becoming Canada's Most Sustainable City, and are proud that this project will help towards that goal," says Joyce.

In residential areas, crews are replacing fixtures containing 100-watt light bulbs with 53-watt LED fixtures.  In high traffic areas, fixtures containing 250-watt light bulbs are being replaced with 101-watt LED fixtures and 180-watt LED's are replacing 400 -watt bulbs.

More information on the project (including a progress map) is available at www.utilitieskingston.com

Want to do your part to conserve electricity?

The Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro conservation team is helping residents and business owners conserve energy and save money.

Owners of exterior, sentinel, or parking lot lighting may also benefit from similar incentives when they upgrade to energy efficient lighting. 

Learn more about programs and information to save energy and money at www.utilitieskingston.com

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, extension 3116.

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