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Another Bright Idea: NIPSCO Lights Up the Night

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A newly announced program from NIPSCO will convert existing street lights across northern Indiana into light-emitting diode (LED) lights.

The LED Street Light Program is the first of its kind in the state, and there is no additional cost for participating communities to have their NIPSCO-owned street lights converted. NIPSCO has already tried out the technology in street lights in a few communities in 2014 and 2015, and found a number of real benefits to LED over the traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights:

  • Lower energy use – LED street lights cost about 22 percent less
  • Longer life span – LED street lights have a 20-year life expectancy
  • Lower maintenance cost – traditional street lights require service an average of every two to three years
  • Better lighting – LED light appears whiter, similar to moonlight. This offers a more uniform, higher visibility light pattern.
  • Faster on-off switching – traditional lights take time to heat up after they are switched up while LEDs turn on instantly.

Installation began in November in some communities and is expected to continue through 2022. More information can be found at




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