New Street Lights Will Have Nova Scotia Seeing Green Before Anyone In North America

by Stephen Christensen

New legislation by the Province of Nova Scotia will require that all street lights be converted to LEDs within five years.  Due in part to it’s smaller size, Nova Scotia will be the first province/state in North America to convert street lights to LED.

Current street lights use sodium vapour bulbs, which must be kept at a higher pressure, and a significant amount of energy is lost as heat.  Light-emitting diode (LED) lights require far less energy to run, as they convert most of their energy into light.

Although initially expensive, an all LED system has been estimated it will save Nova Scotia Power ~$18 million a year in maintenance and energy consumption.  The cost savings won’t be immediate though, as the Nova Scotia Government estimates the project would cost about $100 million for the materials and manpower to convert the roughly 120,000 street lights in the province.

Amherst-based LED Roadway Lighting looks poised to win the contract, but bidding for the contract is still open.  A pilot program, supported by a grant from ecoNova Scotia in 2010, began converting street lights to LED in Halifax and six smaller Nova Scotia communities.

LED Roadway Lighting
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. (LRL) is the leading designer and manufacturer of LED (light-emitting diode) based street, roadway and area lighting fixtures and control systems. LRL is located in Nova Scotia, Canada, with research and design facilities in the city of Halifax and a 55,000 sq foot/5,100 sq m ISO certified manufacturing facility in the town of Amherst, Nova Scotia. LRL offers a... more

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Stephen Christensen

Stephen Christensen

Stephen is the Atlantic Canadian contributor for; reporting Canadian technology news, with a focus on the Maritime provinces.  Having a deep-rooted interest in science and technology for much of his life, he is most interested in mobile technology and social media.  Having been published in various scientific journals, he is completing his Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University... more

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