About LED Streetlight Retrofit Program

Operating the City of Vaughan’s streetlight network represents approximately 20 per cent of the City’s overall energy consumption. In keeping with the Service Excellence Strategic Plan (2018-2022) for Environmental Stewardship and Operational Performance, the City will change approximately 20,000 streetlights from the current high pressure sodium light bulbs to energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology without adding new streetlight poles or making changes to the physical layout of existing poles. All existing streetlights will be removed and recycled in an environmentally safe manner in accordance with all applicable legislation and certification requirements.


Through the City-wide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program, municipally owned streetlights located on City of Vaughan streets and on York Region roads will be changed to LED (excluding streetlights attached to traffic signal poles). Post-top style streetlights, sports field lights, pathway lights located inside and outside of parks and City-owned facility parking areas and streets in un-assumed subdivisions will not be included in the retrofit program.


The City-wide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program also includes the installation of a networked lighting control system that will allow for remote monitoring and operation of all LEDs through a web-enabled central management system. This will provide accurate energy metering per streetlight, integrated GPS for real-time streetlight performance reporting and the ability to remotely turn on, dim or turn off streetlights. The system will also allow the City to take complete control of the streetlight system by delivering energy efficiency, flexibility and low-maintenance functionality.


The City-wide LED Streetlight Retrofit Program will:

  • upgrade streetlights to improve road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
  • reduce energy consumption, costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to the operation of the City’s streetlight network.
  • achieve approximately $1 million in cost savings annually through a reduction in energy consumption.