Area Lighting Solutions

Area Lighting Solutions
An LED street light is prepped for installation in North Conway

Embracing a technology that has come of age, NHEC is the first utility in New Hampshire to offer only LED outdoor lighting solutions.

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source that is used as indicator lamps in many devices and is increasingly used for other lighting. While LED technology has been in use since the 1960's, it has only recently been adopted as the technology of choice for outdoor area lighting. LED streetlights last five times as long as traditional High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights (23-25 years) and use less than half the energy. LEDs also provide more even lighting and a truer rendering of colors, which means no more orange hues at night!

NHEC owns approximately 4,600 outdoor area lights in its service territory. Effective January 1, 2012, NHEC will be phasing out existing HPS lighting fixtures when they fail by replacing them with LEDs. LED fixtures have a higher upfront cost, but more than make up for it with a 25-year life and reduced operating costs.

Monthly charges have changed to reflect the transition to LED technology. NHEC will be providing a choice of three lights — two cobrahead roadway fixtures and a floodlight fixture. Charges for the roadway fixtures will be 90 cents less per month or $2.70 less per month, depending on the fixture. The monthly charge for floodlight fixtures will be $1.95 more per month.

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