The community of Mendenhall, Yukon Territory, Canada, recently implemented an LED streetlight pilot program as a result of other successful tests conducted in neighboring communities. Mendenhall is located near Whitehorse, the largest city in the Yukon Territory. Yukon Energy, along with the Yukon Electrical Company, Ltd., installed six LED streetlight fixtures throughout area neighborhoods, and will spend the next several months, collecting and analyzing data from the energy efficient fixtures.
In a first phase pilot study, Yukon Energy installed six LED fixtures in Dawson City to assess the performance of energy efficient streetlighting. Data from this installation show that the LED streetlights consumed approximately 64 percent less power than existing high pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. The pilot fixtures were manufactured by Ruud Lighting of Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Yukon Energy is continuing its pilot program in order to determine how well LED streetlights work in the colder environment of the Yukon Territory, according to Yukon Energy spokesperson, Janet Patterson.
“The current Mendenhall installation includes six different fixtures manufactured by BetaLED, Cree, and Phillips Roadway,” said Patterson. Yukon Energy will use results from the Mendenhall pilot to help determine whether to move forward with additional installations. “If we move ahead with installing LEDs throughout our sevice area, we will know which is the best type for our climate,” said Patterson. This decision will be made in conjunction with the Yukon Electrical Company, Ltd. and the Yukon Utilities Board.