LED Roadway signs contract with NB Power

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To provide lights over five years

LED Roadway Lighting has signed a five-year deal with NB Power to provide 72,000 light fixtures.

AMHERST – LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. has signed a contract with NB Power to supply 72,000 LED light fixtures for deployment across the province.

The contract, issued by New Brunswick Power Distribution and Customer Service Corporation, calls for installation of the fixtures over a five-year period, with deliveries starting later this year.

The new light fixtures will replace existing 100 400-watt high-pressure sodium fixtures. The installation of the new energy efficient fixtures will provide energy savings of approximately 60 per cent.

“We are very excited to be working with NB Power on this project, which we believe is the world’s largest single order for LED street lighting,” company president Chuck Cartmill said. “We began working with NB Power in 2010 on a number of pilot installations. After an exhaustive product and technical evaluation, and a competitive bidding process, LRL’s technology was selected by the client.  A contract of this magnitude by an end-user such as NB Power is a major validation of our technology.”

Based in Halifax, the company operates a manufacturing facility in the Amherst and Area Industrial Park.

The LED fixtures, which have a design life that is significantly longer than conventional high-pressure sodium technology, will also provide significant savings in maintenance costs. In addition to the economic benefits and improved lighting conditions, the retrofit will yield greenhouse gas reductions of approximately 324,000 tonnes over 20 years, an amount equivalent to removing approximately 3,000 cars from the road.

This announcement is the latest in a series of project awards announced by the company. Last month, two other major contract awards were announced; one in Salford, U.K. consisting of 24,000 fixtures, and one in the Dominican Republic consisting of 8,000 fixtures.

Organizations: NB Power, Roadway Lighting, New Brunswick Power Distribution and Customer Service Dominican Republic

Geographic location: AMHERST, Halifax, Area Industrial Park Salford U.K.

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  • DOC
    November 22, 2012 - 22:38

    Great to see some industry in Amherst for sure. From a commentary on 91.9 the other day it was noted that HRM and the Citizens of the area feel that the lights are not sufficient. Yes they light part of the road but the sidewalks on the backside of the pole receive very little illumination. This lack of light can make it unsafe to pedestrians thus increasing the possibility of violence and safety. Two many dark areas, we should focus on the pedestrian areas and the crosswalks in particular. DOC

  • jr
    October 15, 2012 - 12:36

    I personally do not find the lights as good as the sodium bulbs that were there before. Sure the light is more "white" if I can say such a thing, but I find that the light from the street lights does not spread out as much. When walking at night which I do a lot, it actually seems to be darker between the lights than before they were replaced. They may be easier on power and a brighter light, but the downside is that they do not seem to cover as much area on the ground which makes things a little harder when walking at night. Get my point!?

  • jerry
    October 15, 2012 - 06:43

    Blinded.... you seem to be the only person I've heard of that doesn't like them. I don't work for LED but know quite a few that do and they love their jobs and the company so I'm glad for their success. And I have heard from family in other parts of N.S. who are quite pleased with the new lights on our roads and highways which don't pollute light up into the sky, direct it right on the road surface, and use only 10% of the electricity of those orange sodium vapour lights so in the long run we save money and the environment saves by using less electricity. Makes sense all around.

  • Sublime
    October 12, 2012 - 12:17

    Blinded ... what are talking about?

  • Blindedbythelight
    October 12, 2012 - 08:52

    OMG, am I the only one that thinks this product is horrible? Take a drive up Church St or off the ramp from the highway...and enjoy the blinding glare in your eyes. How much is NB Power paying to subsidize this install? By the time utilities realize that the payback in energy savings is "never", Chucky will be laughing all the way to the bank...on the backs of hard working underpaid Amherstonians!