Recently, Duke Energy began updating our antiquated high pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights to the more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. This upgrade will help reduce our energy usage, carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions and should be completed in the coming weeks.
Please note that LEDs appear brighter than the old HPS lights and typically take about 30 days following installation to adjust to the new lighting. If streetlights in your area are updated to LEDs and you feel they are too bright, please be patient a give them a few weeks. Should you have any questions, please email OCstreetlightLEDprogram@ourorangecity.com
Why are LEDs better than the existing streetlights?
LEDs are more energy efficient and require less maintenance than the old lighting system.
LEDs last about 100,000 hours (20 years); HPSs last 20,000 to 24,000 hours (6 years). The longer lifespan means that the lights will need to be replaced less often. LED streetlights are about 60% more efficient than HPS lights, which means they use about 60% less electricity to produce the same amount of light. Because of the better control of the light that is emitted from LEDs, it is easier to see colors and distance with LED lighting than with HPS. LEDs also improve safety by providing brighter light with increased clarity. In addition, HPS lights are becoming obsolete making them hard to find and more expensive to replace.