Sep 12, 2018 Return to Headlines

New LED Streetlights to Bring Savings and Better Lighting

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 12, 2018 – Better street lighting and significant energy savings are coming to Coquitlam with the installation of new LED streetlights across the city.

This week Coquitlam kicked off a five-year $6.5-million project to convert about 9,500 streetlights across the city to energy-efficient light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. Crews are installing the first 1,900 this fall, replacing the existing inefficient high-pressure sodium and metal halide lights. A similar number will be installed each year to 2022. The old lights will be recycled.

A pilot project in 2016 and 2017 demonstrated the benefits of switching to LED lights, which last up to 20 years – four to five times longer than the existing lights – and consume 57 per cent less energy. 

The project reflects Coquitlam’s commitment both to climate action and to providing good value and cost-efficient services.

In addition to an estimated $446,000 each year in energy savings, the new lights are expected to cost half as much to maintain as the existing lights – the equivalent of $50,000 in annual savings. Fewer service calls are also expected because LED lights are more reliable.

All in all, the City expects to recoup the cost of the conversion in 14 to 17 years, and save $3.8 million over 20 years. 

The project involves converting 3,500 existing cobra-style lights (with arched necks and flat heads) along with 4,900 post-top lights to LED cobra-style fixtures, which focus the light down towards the sidewalk and street, improving safety for motorists and pedestrians while also reducing light pollution. 

For the 1,100 decorative post-top lights in Burquitlam, Austin Heights, Maillardville and City Centre, special kits will be used to convert the existing fixtures to LED. These kits cost three to four times as much as cobra-style lights, and are being used strategically in core pedestrian areas to preserve the aesthetic look of the decorative fixtures in those unique areas. 

The new lights will provide as good, or better, roadway lighting while reducing the amount of light pollution in the sky or spilling onto private property. 

The City’s project does not include about 2,000 HPS streetlights attached to wooden power poles, which are owned and managed by BC Hydro.

For more information about the project, visit www.coquitlam.ca/utilityprojects or contact Engineering Customer Support at 604-927-3500.

Media contact:
Dan Mooney
Manager Transportation
City of Coquitlam