Responsible, sustainable lighting in Rosemère

(NSN) Rosemère mayor Eric Westram recently announced the conversion of the town’s public lighting systems to light-emitting diode (LED) technology. This project to modernize 1,072 lighting fixtures is part of a sound energy management approach and represents a considerable initiative in terms of sustainable development.

Less loss to sky

From an environmental standpoint, directional LED lighting prevents light from being lost to the sky. In addition, the equipment installed is dark-sky certified and reduces to a minimum the light pollution emitted by street lighting. Better practices lessen the impact of lighting on living environments.

“With its 5 times longer life than original bulbs, LED technology offers invaluable environmental, social and economic benefits: It is an environmentally-friendly solution that efficiently addresses road safety issues, while reducing light pollution through its directional lighting,” said Westram.

Cutting consumption

The conversion of lighting fixtures to LED technology will have a significant impact on energy consumption. Through this initiative, the Town will achieve energy and maintenance savings of approximately $42,460 and $26,800 respectively annually.

In addition to standardizing the Town’s lighting, the new LED lighting fixtures increase residents’ safety and comfort by providing better visibility of the roadway. In fact, LED lighting makes it possible to better perceive colours and shapes.

Now underway

Rosemère officials says this work project started in mid-May and will be completed in October 2019. More information on LED technology may be found online at https://lumieresurlequebec.ca, where the progress of the work involved may be followed in real time.

In February 2018, the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM), in partnership with the energy services company Énergère, launched a program offering Québec cities and towns a consolidated feeding tariff to modernize public lighting systems. The Town of Rosemère is one of the first municipalities in Québec to take part in this program.