Lachute is making the switch to LED lighting. At the August 3 council meeting, it was announced that work to replace 1,081 streetlight bulbs with new LED bulbs was complete. The project cost $419,111.
The municipality is anticipating cost savings from the LED streetlights because they consume less energy than the older conventional bulbs and their lifespan is at least twice as long. LED lighting also reduces light pollution.
The conversion to LED lighting was part of achieving the sustainability objectives set out in municipal by-laws and the town’s strategic plan.
According to Mayor Carl Péloquin, the municipality expects a return on investment of approximately five years for this project representing $ 27,025 in maintenance savings and $ 51,902 in energy savings, for a total of approximately $ 79,000 per year.