Opp participating in LED light study

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In an effort to save on energy costs, the city of Opp and the Opp Utilities Board are participating in an LED light study to see how much cost savings they will actually incur.

LED lights, or light-emitting diodes, are used a replacements for incandescent and neon indicator lamps.

Jerome Rogers, director of Opp Utilities, said these lights use a third less energy.

“Our plans are to change out all of our lights a few at a time,” he said. “These lights have about a 20-year life expectancy.”

Councilman and Utilities board member Oren Stewart said at Monday night’s council meet that lights have been replaced on Main Street and up Stewart Avenue to Opp High School and on portions of College Street.

“It’s supposed to save the city a lot of money,” he said. “They should pay for themselves.”

Rogers said it was very important to place the new lights along Stewart Avenue because of the amount of foot traffic the street incurs, especially during football season.

“We’ve received a lot of compliments on the new lighting,” he said. “Now we’re going to see how much it saves us.”