The City of Vancouver is testing the implementation of brighter, white light emitting LED street lights at busy intersections.
Not only do the LED lights use significantly less electricity and last longer, the white light makes it much easier to see pedestrians and the road than the orange light emitting, high-pressure sodium lamps that dominate Vancouver’s city streets.
The first trial was established just before Christmas at the intersection of Main and Hastings Streets where vehicle collisions with pedestrians have been a rising concern in recent years.
According to The Province, LED street lights will also be tested at other busy intersections including Davie and Burrard Streets, Commercial and Broadway, and Joyce and Kingsway.
If LED street lighting becomes widespread, this could be a welcome change for what is arguably one of the most poorly lit major cities in the world. It will improve public safety and encourage more nightlife.
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