300 LED lamps: A big step toward sustainability

300 LED lamps: A big step toward sustainability

Press release submitted by Nathalie Allaire, Outreach and Media Relations Officer, The National Battlefields Commission

Quebec, May, 2013 – In March 2013 the National Battlefields Commission began modernizing its street lighting system, replacing mercury vapour lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The new system is 70% more energy efficient and eliminates environmentally harmful mercury lamps while maintaining the high standards of lighting visitors to Battlefields Park have come to expect.

Park-lightingThe estimated cost for the upgrade, part of the park’s three-year plan, is $208,000. This includes changing over the 300 lamps in Battlefields Park, along Avenue des Braves and Avenue De Laune, and in Pierre-Dugua-de Mons Terrace and Des Braves Park. To date 215 lamps have been upgraded and Phase 1, covering 235 lamps, should be complete by June. The 65 remaining lamps need to be restored before being converted to an LED system.

The move to LED involved a lengthy research process and several rounds of testing. The Commission felt strongly that the modernization must respect the park’s heritage. The original lamps, designed by landscape architect Frederick G. Todd in 1913, have always been a key feature of the National Battlefields Park’s landscape and image.

Reducing energy use is a priority in the Commission’s Sustainable Development Policy, as sound environmental management is not possible without energy efficiency. For many years the Commission has been working to optimize energy use and adopt environmental efficiency criteria in energy purchasing decisions. The move to LED lighting is but one concrete example of sustainable development at work.

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