The future is brighter around JOEMC’s service area, thanks to the latest in outdoor lighting technology that the co-op will be using.

Kicking off 2016, JOEMC will start a three-year project to transition all security and street lights to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

LED lights have been used for years in digital clocks and watches, in electronic devices and to let us know when our appliances around the home are turned on. In recent years they’ve been used in traffic lights, Christmas lights, indoor lighting and in the enormous video displays in sports stadiums.

“We’ve been watching the evolution of LED outdoor lighting for the past several years,” said Tommy Pritchard, Chief Engineering Utility Officer. “The technology has continued to progress and the upfront costs to purchase the lights have come down quite a bit. Although still more expensive, there is definitely a cost-savings in the long term.”

Crews will be working throughout the service territory, starting this coming January, changing out close to 19,000 existing outdoor lights to their new LED equivalents.

In addition, members who request a new security light will have a LED unit installed and those members who contact us concerning a security light repair will have their existing light(s) changed out to a LED equivalent.

“We’re excited about this project,” continued Pritchard. “We will be able to offer our members the latest in outdoor lighting technology and at the same monthly rate they are paying now. It’s a win-win for the members and JOEMC.”

In addition to being more energy-efficient, LED lighting technology also…

  • Reduces maintenance costs: LED lighting is more dependable and last longer than traditional lighting. This allows crews to focus on the electrical distribution system and providing reliable electric service.
  • Provides better light: LEDs provide a higher quality, uniform, white light that enhances visibility and reduces light pollution.