LED Streetlight Conversion Project

News posted Feb. 08, 2016 - 10:00 am | updated Mar 03, 2016
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Update, 3/3/15:

LED Streetlight Conversion is underway!

Map of areas currently being worked. These areas are being worked through April 8.

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Update, 9/29/15:

LED Streetlight Conversion Project Begins

Despite the rain on Tuesday morning, crews from Duke Energy Progress began replacing approximately 30,000 conventional streetlights in Raleigh with energy-efficient and cost-saving light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. The first streetlight conversion took place in the 5000 block of Beryl Road near Dorton Arena on the west side of Raleigh. From there, crews will be moving through the city in a counter-clockwise fashion. It will take about 15 months to complete the project.

Update, 9/25/15:
Media Invited to See First Streetlight Changed to LED Fixture

The City of Raleigh is replacing approximately 30,000 conventional streetlights with energy-efficient and cost-saving light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. The project begins Tuesday, Sept. 29, and the media is invited to watch conversion of the first streetlight at 10 a.m. in the 5000 block of Beryl Road near the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways building and Dorton Arena.

Representatives from the City and Duke Energy Progress will be available to answer questions about the LED streetlight conversion project. The City conducted a LED streetlight pilot project in 2012 when five small areas had streetlights replaced with LED fixtures.

Original post, 9/21/15:
City of Raleigh to Convert to LED Streetlights; Project Begins Week of Sept. 28


The City of Raleigh has authorized Duke Energy Progress to replace approximately 30,000 conventional streetlights with energy-efficient and cost-saving light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.

This modernization project follows a successful LED streetlight pilot project in 2012 when five small areas of the city had streetlights replaced with LED fixtures. These areas were in different regions of Raleigh, and each had unique characteristics such as older/newer residential districts, commercial districts and two minor thoroughfares. Virtually all of the feedback received from the public was extremely positive. Since the LED pilot project, approximately 1,500 LED streetlight fixtures have been installed throughout Raleigh, all of which have been well received by citizens.

Here are some of the advantages of using LED fixtures for street lighting:

  • LED fixtures are now provided at a lower monthly cost than conventional high intensity discharge (HID) streetlights which include sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide lamps. With the conversion to LED streetlights, the cost savings for the City of Raleigh will be approximately $400,000 annually;
  • LED fixtures use much less energy than older light technology, reducing the City’s carbon footprint;
  • The light produced by LED fixtures is much clearer and more uniform resulting in improved safety along the City’s roadways; and,
  • LED streetlight fixtures have proven to have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years in many trials.

American Lighting and Signalization, a contractor for Duke Energy Progress, will be conducting the majority of the streetlight fixture replacements. The project is scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 28 in the southwestern quadrant of Raleigh. Crews will be moving through the City in a counter-clockwise fashion, replacing each existing streetlight fixture with one of six LED fixture types based on the current HID wattage. This citywide streetlight modernization project will take approximately 15 months to complete.

Motorists can expect temporary lane closures and traffic shifts in certain areas to allow crews to access streetlight fixtures. Crews will be conducting a moving work zone operation, meaning they will not be stationary in any one location for an extended period of time. Some work will occur on weekends or during night time hours as to avoid traffic or parked vehicles.

Also, motorists approaching work crews should remember to slow down or move over to comply with North Carolina’s Move Over Law.

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