Released November 8, 2018
New LED traffic and street lights helps save City of Weyburn energy costs and reduces consumption
WEYBURN – New light-emitting diode (LED) traffic signals at the intersection of 3rd St. and Souris Ave. were installed on Wednesday.
This is part of a replacement project by the City of Weyburn, which started with the installation of new LED street lights along the city’s downtown corridor on 3rd St.
LEDs burn about five times as long as high-pressure sodium (HPS) street lights (about 100,000 hours).
The switch to LED is not only expected to save the city money due to the longevity of the bulbs but in the operation as well; fewer LED bulbs must be purchased and fewer replacements will be needed which reduces labor hours.
The LED lights are expected to reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent (%) while being significantly brighter. The installed smart lights in Weyburn have the capability of being dimmed by 60 per cent, as needed, and allows for monitoring consumption.
During its lifespan, an HPS will experience lumen depreciation – or loss of brightness – much earlier and more quickly than an LED of comparable light output. LEDs have also been shown to double driver peripheral vision and increase brake reaction time by 25 per cent.
Please note: Left turns are allowed at the intersection of 3rd St. and Souris Ave. as a trial period being monitored by the City of Weyburn’s engineering department and the Weyburn Police Service.