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BC Hydro replacing Barriere street lights

Street light replacement with LEDs taking place in communities across the province

Starting on Wednesday, May 4 , BC Hydro will be changing over the District Of Barriere’s street lighting from the current bulbs to new, more efficient and effective, LED lights.

The initiative is part of a BC Hydro street light replacement project that will be replacing high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights in communities across the province over the next three years with energy-efficient LEDs.

LED street lights are more energy efficient, which means a reduction in electricity use when compared to existing street lights, and because of their energy efficiency and long lifespan they also help to reduce carbon emissions.

LED lights also have extremely long lives and do not have filaments that can quickly burn out. LED lights can last up to 100,000 hours, which means these bulbs won’t be filling up our landfills.

Unlike traditional high-pressure sodium lamps or mercury-vapor lamps, LED lights do not contain toxic chemicals like mercury.

The new LED street lights being installed are designed to focus light downward towards the road and sidewalk where it is needed, which limits light shining upwards or into nearby properties. Because of this, nighttime visibility of roads and sidewalks should improve while also reducing light pollution.

BC Hydro says the project is necessary to assist communities in readying for upcoming federal regulations that will require all light ballasts containing Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) be removed by the end of 2025.

In a nutshell, LED use far less energy, are more reliable, last longer, and are more sustainable.

The removed fixtures will be disassembled and recycled.



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