NHEC SAYS IT’S FIRST NH UTILITY TO OFFER LED

by Christian Mower on January 5, 2012

A COMPANY THAT SERVES THE VALLEY AREA SAYS IT’S THE FIRST UTILITY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE TO OFFER ONLY LIGHT EMITTING DIODE – OR LED – OUTDOOR LIGHTS.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTRIC CO-OP SAYS LED STREETLIGHTS LAST FIVE TIMES AS LONG AS TRADITIONAL HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM LIGHTS – WHICH CAN LAST UP TO 25 YEARS – AND USE LESS THAN HALF THE ENERGY WHILE PROVIDING MORE EVEN LIGHTING AND A TRUER RENDERING OF COLORS.

CO-OP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXEC. BILL JOHNSTONE SAYS HIS COMPANY HAS BEEN WATCHING IMPROVEMENTS IN LED TECHNOLOGY.

WHILE WORKING WITH CONWAY SELECTMEN IN THE FALL OF 2010 AS THEY LOOKED TO STANDARDIZE DIFFERENT KINDS OF STREETLIGHTS AROUND TOWN AND SAVE MONEY, JOHNSTONE – WORKING WITH GENERAL ELECTRIC – ARRANGED FOR THREE TEST LIGHTS TO BE INSTALLED AT SCHOULER PARK NEAR THE NORTH CONWAY FIRE STATION.

JOHNSTONE SAYS HE GOT POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON THE NEW LIGHTS FROM LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS.

THE NEW LIGHTS COST MORE INITIALLY, BUT CO-OP SAYS THAT WILL BE MADE UP FOR BECAUSE OF THEIR REDUCED OPERATING COSTS AND LONGER LIFE SPAN. THE COMPANY IS OFFERING TWO COBRAHEAD FIXTURES AND A FLOODLIGHT.

IT OWNS ABOUT 4,600 HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM OUTDOOR LIGHTS IN ITS SERVICE TERRITORY. AS THOSE LIGHTS FAIL, THEY’LL BE REPLACED WITH LEDs.