New lighting project at Selkirk means increased safety and energy savings

Safety was one of the main drivers of a large scale outdoor lighting project at Selkirk College's Castlegar Campus.

Project Lead Mike Giesler says the outdoor lighting they had was reaching end of life, and didn't adequately illuminate parking lots in areas that border dark forests.

Plus he says floodlights bothered residents on the other side of the river and near the airport.

The 2nd part of the project was energy savings.

The lights now have a control system, and communicate wirelessly with all the pole-mounted lights that also incorporate on-board occupancy and motion sensors, so they brighten or dim as needed.

The college expects it will be about 65-hundred dollars annually in energy savings over a conventional LED system.