LED lighting brightens service territory

LED lighting brightens service territory

Mississippi Power’s Lighting Services department is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2017 and handling more than 2,000 business and residential lighting projects, including the installation of more than 14,000 Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights in cities and at businesses across the service territory.

That project list is already extensive, and includes cities like Gulfport, where the company is working with the city to have 55 LED solar lights installed along the Moses Fishing Pier in Jones Park and at the pier adjacent to the Westside Community Center.

LED’S were also installed in other areas around Gulfport, including the city’s two main interchanges on Interstate 10, along Highway 49 from Turkey Creek north to Orange Grove and on the Wilkes Bridge on Cowan-Lorraine Road. Gulfport High School also recently upgraded to LEDs.

Other cities including Ocean Springs, Meridian and Ellisville have converted to LEDs, while businesses like Ingalls, Keesler Federal Credit Union and the Biloxi Veterans Administration have also made the change.

“More customers are switching to LEDs because they last longer than incandescent bulbs and use less energy,” said Dondi Sawyer, senior lighting analyst. “That translates to huge long-term savings compared to other forms of lighting.”

The major push toward LED conversion gained momentum three years ago, when the city of Walnut Grove converted its streetlights to LED, while the George County School District also retrofitted its lighting system.

In Waynesboro, downtown streetlights were converted along with 60 lights along a stretch of road from Highway 63 to Trainer St.

Wayne Academy also switched over to LED in the school’s gym, while the company is in the process of installing 236 LEDs down three major roads in Picayune.

“We’ve also installed 100 LEDs in Hattiesburg along the Longleaf Trace near the University of Southern Mississippi campus,” Crowder added. “That adds to projects at Camp Shelby and in Petal, and we replaced numerous lights that were damaged in the January tornado with LEDs.”

Recently Hattiesburg’s city council unanimously voted to work with the company to add LEDs at the Central Bark Keg & Barrel Dog Park.

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