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LED Street Light Upgrade - FAQ​​

Why is BWG upgrading street lights?
The Town currently spends over $400,000 in utility costs per year to operate street lights throughout the municipality. The energy cost to operate LEDs is a fraction of the cost of comparable HID lamps as they are much more energy efficient, representing significant savings for BWG. LEDs require less maintenance than the Town’s current street lights and have a longer lamp life, making LEDs a greener alternative.

What are LEDs and HIDs?
LED stands for light emitting diode. LEDs are tiny semiconductor devices that produce light when an electrical current passes through them using the movement of electrons. HID stands for high intensity discharge. It refers to lighting technology that relies on an electrical charge to ignite xenon gas contained in a sealed bulb.

What are the benefits of LED lamps?
LED lamps have a number of benefits over traditional light sources:
  • high-efficiency technology
  • low radiated heat
  • long lifespan requiring less maintenance
  • come to full brightness without the need for warm-up time​​
  • resistant to shock and vibration
  • no UV rays
  • easily programmed
  • emit light in a specific direction, reducing light pollution
Why did BWG select Honeywell to complete the upgrade?
The County of Simcoe went through a rigorous RFP procurement process to select an energy services company to serve the County and its member municipalities. Honeywell was selected based on their experience, financial strength and technical capabilities. They are wholly responsible for the project design, installation, project management and savings guarantee. 

How much will BWG save on utility costs?
The Town will save over $152,000 annually, representing 38% of our current street light utility costs. We will also benefit from lower maintenance costs, saving close to $50,000 per year. Honeywell guarantees the savings amount; if we don’t meet the savings they will make up the difference.

What are the environmental benefits?
The decrease in electricity usage will result in greenhouse gas emission reductions of 199 tonnes annually, equivalent to removing 67 medium-size cars from the road each year. In addition,  LED lamps last longer than traditional lamps, which will reduce the amount of lamps requiring disposal.

How will the work affect me?
We expect there will be minimal disruption to the public during the installation period. Work will be completed during regular business hours and lighting on roadways will not be affected. You may experience traffic control situations on some streets to ensure the safety of workers, pedestrians and motorists, however we expect delays in traffic flow to be minimal.