Duke Power shedding new light on old problem

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Mount Olive’s street lights have been in need of an upgrade for years. Some were 20 years old. All were mercury vapor lights. Now, more than 78% of them have been replaced with brighter alternatives.

Duke Progress Energy authorities say they have replaced 430 of the town’s 550 lights with LED bulbs.

Town Manager Charles Brown said he was updated on the project in a meeting with the utility company authorities last week.

The new lights provide a significant increase in lighting and last much longer.

Brown said it will also cut down on the town’s monthly utility bill.

All the old lights along Center Street in the downtown district are also scheduled for replacement.

The current ones are the old mercury vapor lights and are long outdated, Brown said. The old bulbs often give a pink or orange light.

The new ones — using the same utility poles ­— are expected to provide better light.

There are 13 such lights in the downtown area.

Brown said he expects the bulbs will be completely replaced by the end of January.

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