The implementation of LED street lighting is quickly moving from pilot projects to extensive use owing to the gamut of promises the technology offers. Promises include financial benefits, significantly reduced carbon emissions & enhanced safety and security quotient. All of this can be better achieved with a succinct understanding of the technology and its functionality.
You must have come across a number of articles, and other research materials which either hurl oodles of information upon you, or just frankly leave you baffled with more questions that were not there in your psyche in the first place. We’ve curated this blog to provide you with a basic understanding of the LED technology, and its benefits.
What is LED Street Lighting?
While LED technology for street lighting is comparatively new, the science behind it is actually well understood because LEDs themselves have been around for decades. The structural framework of a LED bulb is slightly different, it just a light bulb, but without the filament. Moreover, its colour temperature and illumination intensity solely depends on the movement of electrons in the semiconductor material. In addition, LEDs run on a solid state technology, which means that they are more adept in being readily controlled and programmed, which actually makes them one of the most versatile and flexible lighting sources present in the marketplace today.
Overall System Cost
Across the country, most street lights have been in operation for more than 30 years on average. Many are over or undersized for current needs or the reason for their original installation may no longer exist.
By transitioning to an LED street light system, municipalities can address these issues and in so doing increase the energy savings and decrease the energy bill.
Additional operational savings can be derived from:
Long Life – with a projected lifespan of 50,000 hours and more, LED lighting systems contribute to reduced maintenance and replacement costs.
Lower Power Consumption – LED lights use less power than conventional street lights to produce more light. LED systems can also be powered by solar energy sources.
Improved Power Usage – Many existing light fixtures emit only a fraction of the light actually produced by the source. LED lights waste less light and have a maximum power efficacy of 90 versus 68 for high pressure sodium lamps.
Once one community, utility or State successfully implements an LED street lighting system, it paves the way for others to follow.