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LED streetlights will do more than shine

LED streetlights will do more than shine

By BizLED Bureau

Dec 1, 2015: LED street lighting not only illuminates city streets but also provide savings through increased energy efficiency, decreased maintenance needs and longer-rated lifetimes. LED streetlighting technology, including the type of light sources used and the way streetlighting systems are operated and managed, has undergone drastic change overtime. The recent concerns about global warming and the rising cost of energy have forced the experts to deploy new solutions addressing these issues.

Intelligent outdoor lighting is one such solution that helps not only to drastically reduce energy consumption but also increase safety and reduce maintenance costs. Now the operators have to think about outdoor lighting networks (OLNs) using a standardized management interface. However, in the past few years the outdoor lighting sector has been influenced by several trends of which four major trends are as follows:

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Increasing introduction of LED luminaires in street and urban lighting

LED-based solid-state lighting (SSL) systems are relatively easy to control. Along with the strong growth of outdoor SSL, a massive increase in the uptake of controllable outdoor lighting is expected.

Worldwide need for lighting control

Adjusting lighting levels depending on activity, presence, traffic, and weather conditions saves energy by providing the right light level at the right time in the right place. In streetlighting systems, it is important to know the status of the light points and by monitoring them remotely makes maintenance easy and also enhances safety on the roads by not blocking traffic for repair work.

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Professionalization of streetlighting management to increase overall efficiency

Most countries are looking for efficient ways to manage their LED streetlighting systems. Central outdoor SSL control systems provide the means and tools to reduce operating costs by automatically identifying failures, reducing the number of onsite trips, and enabling remote control.

Global pressure to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions

Today a strong need is felt to reduce energy consumption in order to reduce carbon footprint impact. Lighting accounts for a major share of energy use globally and street lights consume most of it. At present, only a very small fraction of outdoor lighting can be dimmed. Though installation of LED luminaires provides a significant energy reduction, there is still scope for further energy savings with controllable outdoor SSL systems.


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