MAP: When will your Abbotsford neighbourhood get new LED streetlights?

Feedback suggests most residents prefer new streetlights to old ones

Abbotsford’s eastern neighbourhoods will be the first neighbourhood to get new LED lights.

The City of Abbotsford is about to embark on a four-year, $4 million project to switch over more than 6,000 lights to new LED fixtures. The fixtures are expected to be more energy efficient, and lower energy and maintenance costs mean the city expects that the cost to convert the lights will be exceeded by savings in just five years.

Switching over all the lights will save 2.8 million kilowatt hours of energy: equivalent to around 260 single-family houses’ annual power use.

The lights also provide better light to roadways and public areas, while minimizing glare and light pollution.

The city will spend the bulk of the first year replacing lights along main arteries, including George Ferguson Way, Maclure Road, and South Fraser Way.

By the second year, attention will turn to residential neighbourhoods, with those east of McCallum Road set for replacement first. Central Abbotsford will see street lights replaced in the third year, with neighbourhoods those in the west last to be updated.

Residents of neighbourhoods where the city has tested new LED lights have generally liked the change, according to feedback shown to council Monday.

Of 38 people who responded to a questionnaire, 23 said the new lights were an improvement, with eight neutral and just seven saying the change was negative.

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