The Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Canada, has replaced its existing metal halide lighting with LEDs. The cost of the changeover, which was done during the summer, was $112,000. The savings, however, will be significant. The story at The Guelph Mercury says that just the LEDs over the ice pad will save about $13,000 annually, with maintenance savings adding another $2,500. The city also is receiving a rebate of $9,000 from the utility company.
The new lights, which turn on instantly, are warranted for 10 years – though the facility expects them to actually last double that time. Still on tap are LED upgrades to the Evergreen Centre, the main library, the River Run Centre and the city’s ice rinks.
As of September 1, IKEA Canada only sold LEDs, according to Canadian Manufacturing. The company made the pledge to eventually stop offering other types of lighting in 2012. IKEA Canada says that during 2015 it has sold 1.5 million LEDs in the country. Those LEDs have saved 110 million kilowatt hours and $12 million in energy costs.