Last updated: August 13. 2014 5:43PM - 842 Views
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ROCKINGHAM — City streets will soon be a little bit brighter at night.

City Manager Monty Crump told council members Tuesday that the city has entered an agreement with Duke Energy Progress to convert all of the city’s streets that are on the power company’s system to LED lights.

“The new lights are more energy-efficient and lights the roadway much better than the older lights,” he said. “Plus, the older lights are going to be phased out over time.”

Crump said all the lights on Fayetteville Road from Green Street to the city limits were switched over two months ago.

Last month, Councilwoman Denise Sullivan commented on the brightness of the new lights.

Crump had said that they were a “big improvement over the old lights” and that they would cause less light pollution and be cheaper.

“The LED lights spill less light above and beyond (the) light pattern,” he said. “So the LED lights have less light pollution which is why they light (the) roadway better because more light is directed to the road instead of being scattered out around surrounding area.”

Crump mentioned several beneficial reasons for making the switch to the new lights.

“The substantial savings to the taxpayer, more energy-efficient lighting and better lighting of the roadway are the principal reasons for converting to LED lights,” he said.

More than 1,200 street lights will be changed to the light-emitting diode format this fall at a one-time cost of $7,950, according to Crump.

He said the conversion to LED will save the city $2,794 per month and $33,530 per year.

“It is hoped the conversion will be complete by first of 2015,” he said.

There is currently nothing being done on the changeover this week, but Crump said Duke Energy Progress will notify him when work is scheduled to begin.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.

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