Tag Archives: Region of Waterloo

Waterloo Region LED street lights conversion

Waterloo Region LED street lights

  In March 2017 the Waterloo Region LED street lights conversion began. This replaces existing HPS (high pressure sodium, amber) street lights with 3000K whitish LEDs. While LED can reduce energy use and has been promoted by the lighting industry as better for the environment, there are many negative characteristics unknown to the general population […]

Lights off overnight at Kitchener Walmart to help reduce light pollution

Walmart in Kitchener at The Boardwalk turns off parking lot lights over night to save energy and reduce light pollution
Update, Dec 27th, 2017 - Unfortunately this Walmart recently replaced all the parking lot lights with brighter, higher Kelvin (much whiter, appears to be 5000K) LEDs. The contractor appears to not have had any background in light emissions and the environment. This means that this Walmart location has increased its light emissions at night and [...]

White LED Lights Causing Skyglow

Distant skyglow created by white LED lights in the parking lot of a large box store retailer in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
What if I told you that LED lighting is creating a slew of new environmental problems and making existing problems worse. No, that can't be right, I'm saving the planet by using LED! Well not so fast. The switch to LED outdoor lighting is fast becoming a cancer spreading across our night environment. The problem [...]

Region of Waterloo won’t require spectrum reports for new LED street lights

4000K LED street lights in Kitchener Ontario

Update, Dec 17, 2016 – After I further questioned more of the same unclear approach to answering my questions, answering in part but not fully, related to the LED conversion, I received a rather cold email from the Director of Transportation for Region of Waterloo stating the project was moving ahead regardless of any concerns I still […]