By Steve Reed
Things will soon be brighter in Princeton.
At its Monday, Feb. 5, meeting, the Board of Commissioners voted to convert town streetlights from high-pressure sodium (HPS) to light emitting diodes (LED). The total cost for the conversion will be $8,050.
According to the Edison Technical Center, LEDs have many advantages over incandescent light sources, including lower energy consumption, longer lifetime, improved physical robustness, smaller size and faster switching.
“The annual savings will be $2,294,” said Town Administrator Marla Ashworth. “It will take 3.5 years to recoup this investment.
Duke Progress Energy charges $50 per light to convert to a different type of light if the light is less than 20 years old.
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