June 9, 2021
Starkville residents have seen the light — and they’re going to see more! Energy-efficient LED streetlights now operating in many parts of the city are helping improve safety, security and cost savings. Based on increased benefits and positive customer feedback, Starkville Utilities plans to transition all streetlights to energy-efficient LED technology by the end of next year.
“We’ve heard from many customers that LED streetlights are a big improvement,” said Terry Kemp, general manager of Starkville Utilities. “The upgrade is part of our commitment to serve customers with innovative technologies that improve their quality of life. We believe enhancing the safety and security of our community in a cost-effective, sustainable manner is a step in the right direction.”
Since the city began upgrading streetlights a few years ago, prices for LED bulbs and fixtures have continued to fall. Until now, Starkville Utilities crews have been installing LED lights when existing ones stopped working, but the plan moving forward is to proactively change out all remaining streetlights by December 2022.
Of the approximately 2,600 streetlights in Starkville, crews have upgraded nearly 40% to LED technology. LED bulbs last 10 times longer and use about a third of the energy of incandescent bulbs, meaning that long-term energy and cost savings will help the city recoup its investment.
In addition to brighter, cleaner light quality, LED fixtures direct more light onto the surface of streets and sidewalks to help increase visibility for motorists and pedestrians. Better lighting also improves the efficacy of security cameras.
“Improved street lighting is an important factor in transforming Starkville into a more walkable community because it increases the comfort level of pedestrians,” said Jason Horner, Starkville Utilities systems engineer. “We’re pleased to provide streetlight service for residents, and from an economic standpoint, it makes sense to accelerate the upgrade to LED lights.”
Customers are encouraged to report broken or non-functioning streetlights to Starkville Utilities at 662-323-3133. Residents should be prepared to list the pole’s location and identifying number.
Starkville Utilities is a public utility serving 14,000 residences, businesses and industries in Starkville, Mississippi as well as Mississippi State University. Its mission is to supply safe, reliable, and cost-effective electric and water service of superior quality and value that improves the lives of its customers.