LED street light trial

The City and Guelph Hydro are testing various LED street lights in the following locations to decide which ones work best for illuminating Guelph’s streets.

  • Edinburgh Road between Water and Bellevue streets
  • Echo Drive
  • Elson Drive at Celia Crescent
  • Forest Street west of Maple Street
  • High Park Drive at Bellevue Street

The test period runs from December 2015 to March 2016.

Why LEDs?

Light emitting diodes (LED) luminaires require much less energy and maintenance than Guelph’s traditional high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. This is one way the City can save big on costs.

Did you know…

  • Guelph has about 13,000 street lights—that’s about one street light for every 10 residents
  • Electricity for Guelph’s street lights costs about $1.56 million each year
  • Guelph’s existing HPS lights require bulb replacement every three years, which is costly and creates an unnecessary environmental burden
  • LED street lights last three to seven times longer and use less than half of the 9.9 million kilowatt hours of electricity used each year by the City’s HPS lights
  • Many other municipalities are using LED street lights, including Toronto, Mississauga, Hamilton, London, Barrie, and Guelph-Eramosa Township

On top of cost savings, LED street lights offer:

  • better visibility
  • little maintenance
  • the option to be programmed on a smart grid

What are we evaluating?

The City is considering a number of factors before deciding which street light option(s) to recommend to the Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Committee this spring.

Here’s a list of what will be measured, analysed and compared:

  1. cost
  2. energy efficiency
  3. maintenance requirement
  4. luminaires (the “bulbs”) colour; backlight, uplight and glare; visual detail
  5. hardware at the top of street light: cobra head or post top
  6. long-term technology compatibility (e.g. ability to upgrade the light-emitting portion without replacing the entire luminaire)

Have your say

Share your preferences with us by March 15! Visit (by bike, foot, vehicle, etc.) the test site neighbourhood and consider any noticeable differences in the LED street lights’ colour, glare, and illumination. Then, send us your comments by email to communityengagement@guelph.ca or mail to the attention of Community Engagement, Guelph City Hall, 1 Carden St., Guelph, ON, N1H 3A1.

Your input will be reviewed and factored into the City’s recommended option.

What’s next?

  • December 2015 to March 2016: Test options
  • April 2016: Analyse data and consider public input
  • May 2016: Report recommended options to the Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise committee (if approved, report to City Council later that month)
  • Fall/winter 2016-17: Install LED street lights throughout the city

Long-term considerations

This project supports the City’s Corporate Energy Strategic Business Plan, which aims to reduce the City’s energy costs by increasing energy productivity, improving the management of energy commodities, and generating on-site renewable energy.

For more information

Alex Chapman
Manager, Corporate Energy
Facilities Management
519-822-1260 extension 3324
alex.chapman@guelph.ca