LED Street Lights Across B.C. FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about LED Street Lights Across B.C.

What colour temperatures are available for LED luminaires through the LED Street Light Luminaires CSA?

Why should my organization invest in switching to LED street lights?

How will LED Street Lights Across B.C. help me to make the switch to LED street lights?

How do I access the supply arrangements?

What if I'm already working with another lighting consultant that is not a supply arrangement holder - am I still able to use the supply arrangement for luminaires?

Each LED product has multiple wattages, photometric patterns, current driver options, etc. There are often over 100 options for one fixture style as each roadway is different and will have a different optimal applicable product. Will there be multiple options available through the supply arrangement?

The procurement looks good – but do I have to commit to a purchase up front?

How can I stay abreast of what is happening with LED Street Lights Across B.C.?

Do you have a question about LED Street Lights Across B.C.?

What colour temperatures are available for LED luminaires through the LED Street Light Luminaires CSA?

Initially 4000K colour temperature fixtures were available through the LED Street Light Luminaires CSA. Now some manufacturers are offering the ‘warmer’ 3000K colour temperature fixtures, which have been recently approved for addition to this CSA.

Why should my organization invest in switching to LED street lights?

The benefits of converting to LED street lights are many: a less than nine year payback period, greater than 10% ROI, lower energy and carbon costs, lower maintenance and replacement costs, and better visibility. To find out what your payback period and return on investment will be, use the Financial Evaluation Tool.

How will LED Street Lights Across B.C help me to make the switch to LED street lights?

As well as tools, guidance, help with BC Hydro Conservation and Energy Management incentives, and procurement services all centrally located, the program offers an opportunity to convene with organizations that have already purchased to share knowledge and lessons learned.

Three lighting consultants are available, and a pre-qualified list of products from several suppliers. The supply arrangement for products will be refreshed on a regular basis to capture the newest technologies and prices.

How do I access the supply arrangements?

Supply arrangements are found on the Goods and Services catalogue. Some are available only to ministries to use, others are available for public sector organizations to use as well. That information is available on each supply arrangement webpage, near the top.

Each supply arrangement page will include information on ordering, supplier contact coordinates and a copy of the supply arrangement, including terms and conditions. Prices can be accessed by request to the commodity manager who will also be named on the site. Direct access to pricing is available for organizations which have registered a BCeID with the Procurement Services Branch.

To be eligible your organization needs to have signed a CSA Access Agreement with the Province. Please review the CSA Users list on the Goods and Services Catalogue page – you'll probably find that your organization has already signed a CSA Access Agreement in order to access other supply arrangements. If not, visit the CSA User Eligibility Guidelines webpage or email the Procurement Services Branch request access to the CSAs.  This agreement is all you need to order through any of our supply arrangements eligible to the broader public sector.

Email the Procurement Services Branch to reach the commodity manager for supply arrangement pricing.

What if I'm already working with another lighting consultant that is not a supply arrangement holder - am I still able to use the supply arrangement for luminaires?

Yes.  As long as you are eligible to use the Province's supply arrangements, you are welcome to use any of them. Note also that the lighting design consultants that hold supply arrangements can be used for other related projects. Review the supply arrangement to learn more.

Each LED product has multiple wattages, photometric patterns, current driver options, etc. There are often over 100 options for one fixture style as each roadway is different and will have a different optimal applicable product. Will there be multiple options available through the supply arrangement?

Yes. While we will ask for a few products to evaluate, supply arrangements will be awarded to LED street light suppliers and their full range of street light options are available. We can provide a guidance document to assist with selection, and your lighting design consultant will be able to help.

The procurement looks good – but do I have to commit to a purchase up front?

No. Here's how it works:

We have set up two supply arrangements:

  1. Lighting Consultants
  2. LED Street Light products

A Supply Arrangement:

  • Is similar to a “standing offer”, it’s an “if, as and when requested” offer to supply goods or services.
  • “If, as and when requested” means there is no commitment to purchase until an order is placed.
  • There is a competitive process: suppliers/products are evaluated, and the successful one(s) are awarded a supply arrangement.
  • A contract is only formed when you order (“Draw Down” is the technical term) through the supply arrangement – at that time your organization and the supplier enter into your own form of contract.
  • There is a small fee to access supply arrangements to pay for the program administration. The supply arrangement for Lighting Design Consultants and LED Street Lights Products have an embedded 1% fee.

How can I stay abreast of what is happening with LED Street Lights Across B.C.?

Email the Procurement Services Branch to reach the commodity manager.  We’ll put you on the mailing list.

Do you have a question about LED Street Lights Across B.C.?

Email the Procurement Services Branch to reach the commodity manager.

 

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