Town’s lighting standards address safety, energy conservation and cost efficiencies

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 – for immediate release

Town’s lighting standards address safety, energy conservation and cost efficiencies

At last night’s meeting, Oakville Town Council endorsed the new Municipal Outdoor Lighting and Street Lighting Standards that will address safety, energy conservation and cost efficiencies. Staff will further consult with stakeholders before finalizing the standards and implementing them in 2012.

“These new lighting standards will help us conserve energy, reduce maintenance and energy costs, and improve safety. It’s another step that demonstrates that the town is a leader in environmental and fiscal sustainability,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

The Municipal Outdoor Lighting Standard will be used when designing walkways, trails and parks, as well as town-owned parking lots and outdoor spaces surrounding town facilities; while the Oakville Street Lighting Standard will be used for the design and installation of street lighting for existing or new streets, sidewalks and bike lanes.

The four main principles used to guide the development of the standards included:

safety and lighting for intended use – Implementing appropriate lighting levels for outdoor installations, as well as consideration of crime prevention through lighting design
effective asset management – analyzing maintenance, energy use and capital cost of multiple types of lighting technologies and replacement value
environmental benefits – implementing energy conservation practices, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and hazardous waste, and the consideration of wildlife
nuisance – acknowledging the issues of artificial light and glare on the environment and residents

The standards will be implemented through annual programs for new developments. Starting in 2014, a street lighting conversion program will see high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs replaced with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The conversion program is estimated to save $850,000 annually after installation is complete.

Town staff started reviewing municipal lighting practices in 2009/2010 with the new Outdoor Sports Field Lighting Standards as Phase 1 approved in 2010; the Municipal Outdoor Lighting and Street Lighting Standards is Phase 2; and in 2012, Phase 3 will look at Private Lighting Standards to address private, commercial and institutional development lighting uses in Oakville.

The new standards are supported through research on the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and North American and international municipalities that have implemented alternative lighting technologies and developed municipal outdoor lighting standards.

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Media contacts:

Cindy Toth
Director, Environmental Policy
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3299
ctoth@oakville.ca

Enrico Scalera
Director, Roads and Works Operations
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3315
escalera@oakville.ca


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