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Environmentally Responsible LED Lights at Intersections

In 2008 approximately 5500 light bulbs were replaced at all Red Deer’s traffic and pedestrian lights with environmentally responsible LED lights.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a small, solid and extremely energy-efficient light source that provides bright, clear lights for motorists. LEDs use only 10% of the power that traditional incandescent lights do, saving The City approximately $120,000/year in energy costs.

Because LEDs last for 5 to 10 years as compared to 1 or 2 years for incandescent bulbs, the lights have to be changed less frequently. This will save an estimated $40,000 per year in maintenance costs, and will result in fewer traffic disruptions caused by maintenance vehicles having to replace burned-out lights.

Since LED lights use less electricity, fewer resources will be consumed to generate power. This will save about 206 tonnes of coal annually, enough power to run 190 homes each year. Their implementation also means reduced carbon emissions: a 93 percent drop from approximately 1400 tonnes per year using incandescent lights to 100 tonnes per year. That’s like taking 236 vehicles off the road!

For more information contact:

Traffic Engineer
The City of Red Deer