LETHBRIDGE - The City will continue to install the new LED streetlights after a City Council debate on the issue.
About 40 percent of the streetlights have been replaced so
Council discussed a motion on Monday to put off purchasing and installing
the lights until a thorough review could be done looking at intensity and other
technological alternatives. However, that motion was defeated with a 7 to 2
Mayor Dodic says almost everyone he has spoken with has been in support of
the LED lighting. He also believes City Administration did their due diligence
before this project began, saying "this is not technology that's new, its been
out there for a while, so the research had been done by the administration in
terms of what was available, what would provide the best cost savings, least
impact on the environment and would provide safety to our residents and they
landed on the LED lights that we are now installing."
A group had come to Council at the end of April to raise concerns about the
LED lights such as potential health effects and the negative impact on
The City is working with individuals to reduce the amount of
light spilling into living areas.