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Posted on: August 18, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Streetlights to be Converted to LEDs

Duke Energy Progress will begin converting streetlight fixtures in Holly Springs to use LED lights soon. Using LED lighting will save the Town about $30,000 every year because the lights will require less maintenance.

As pictured, LEDs (LED stands for light emitting diodes) have a different shape than the Town’s current streetlights. The energy-efficient lights provide improved visibility with a different color of light than the Town’s current streetlights, which emit a warm or yellow quality of light.

LEDs come on instantly and do not need to warm up after a momentary power interruption. The lights are directional, reducing wasted light. Also, they do not cycle on and off before burning out entirely. When the sodium vapor light bulbs the Town currently uses burn out, the entire light goes out. However, LED lights will dim gradually before needing replacement.

Duke Energy Progress will begin converting the light fixtures this week or next one area of Town at a time. The conversion involves replacing the light fixture and not just the bulbs, and the majority of streetlights within Holly Springs should be converted roughly within a year.

About 1,750 light fixtures will be converted – almost every streetlight in Town. Some exceptions exist, however, including streetlights on the bypass, which currently emit the strongest light available, and the downtown metal decorative lights, as LED fixtures are not yet available for that type of installation.

For fixtures installed less than 20 years ago, the cost to convert each light is $50. Duke Energy Progress is not charging the Town to replace fixtures older than 20 years. The Town expects the savings in energy costs for using LEDs to cover the cost of installation within the second year of service. All new developments (for example Brook Manor subdivision off Bass Lake Road) are now required to install LED streetlights unless the street lighting is privately maintained.

For more information, please email hsengineering@hollyspringsnc.us or call (919) 557-3938.

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