The Town of Cary has partnered with Duke Energy to replace all town-leased street fixtures with a light emitting diode (LED) in an effort to reduce long-term costs. The new street light system will cost $385,000 to implement, but will save the town $200,000 annually.
“LED fixtures now available are more cost effective and provide improved quality of light compared to our current light fixtures,” says Project Engineer Kyle Hubert. The new fixtures feature a Type III lighting pattern, which helps direct light onto the street as opposed to spilling light on adjoining properties. The new lights are also brighter, last about four times longer, use less energy, and turn on instantly.
Cary is the first municipality in North Carolina to work with Duke Energy on a leased fixture replacement project of this scale, but many others are currently approaching Duke Energy about trading in the old for new. Asheville, Knightdale, Oxford, and Elm City have also agreed to switch. “It’s an emerging market,” says Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks. “We expect that trend to continue as we look to provide more options to local governments.
The technology is helping Cary to reach its goals for the Strategic Energy Action Plan approved by the town in 2012, which calls for Cary to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent. Cary began installation on January 27 and will continue working over the next 12 months. Installations will occur on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. with minor traffic shifts anticipated.
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