Sep 26, 2016: LED lighting is being used in the Indian state of Odisha to keep rampaging elephants at bay from trampling crops. The farmers were in a lookout to find an ideal solution to prevent elephants from raiding their crops. And hence, a low cost lighting system was installed to prevent the incursions.
Flashing LED lights suspended on bamboo poles have been set up at 60 m intervals across 45 acres of crops. The LEDs are placed in such a manner so that they are at the elephant’s eye level, whilst being visible from a long distance.
The LED lighting system has been designed based on the experience with elephants and their habits. The elephants are scared of flashing lights rather than fixed and powerful lights.
The Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) now plans to develop a prototype self-contained lighting unit, with an in-built solar charger, which will make the fixtures easier to maintain.