According to a study* conducted by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), driving outside of daylight hours is more unsafe and is responsible for a significant number of fatal and serious injuries. Furthermore, nighttime puts pedestrians and other road users at danger because visibility on the roadways is diminished, posing a safety risk. Fortunately, street lighting options can successfully address these difficulties.
LED street lights are one of the most significant pieces of public infrastructure for ensuring smooth traffic flow and road safety. These lights boost visibility during the dark hours, so improving the safety of both automobiles and pedestrians. Furthermore, by boosting the quality of light throughout the night, outdoor street lighting solutions can improve the security of inhabitants in urban areas.
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What are the advantages of LED street lights?
Traditional street lights such as fluorescents, sodium vapour street lights, and mercury vapour street lights were used before LEDs were introduced. Despite the fact that these lights provided the requisite levels of lighting, they were nevertheless subjected to a variety of maintenance, durability, and efficiency issues. To reap the greatest benefits, authorities have increasingly changed their reliance on LED-based street lighting solutions and solar street lighting.
The following are some of the primary advantages of LED street lights:
- Increased efficiency and brighter illumination with lower power usage are only a few of the key advantages of LED street lights.
- Releases local governments from routine maintenance issues. LED lights, for example, can last nearly 50,000 hours, far longer than any other lighting technology.
- LEDs provide accurate color rendering and glare reduction. This allows drivers to see objects quickly and easily.
- Unlike sodium and mercury vapour lights, which take a long time to warm up and turn on, LEDs provide rapid “On & Off” capabilities.
- In the winter, fluorescent lights produce less light. LED street lights, on the other hand, do not have this problem.
- Nocturnal bugs are not attracted to LED street lights.
Furthermore, LED street lights are more durable, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly than any other lighting technology on the market. Wipro Lighting makes certain that our products are versatile enough to be readily handled, maintained, and monitored. Our Skyline LED street lights, for example, are powered by an aluminium die-cast shell with an IP66 rating to ensure durability, dependability, and efficiency.
What factors should be considered while choosing a street lighting solution?
Before choosing on a street lighting solution, municipal governments should always perform thorough study. They should think about everything, including brightness level, number of street lights necessary, IP rating, pole height, LED package, and so on, before making a decision.
ARE YOU ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE PERFECT STREET LIGHT? ANSWER THESE 4 QUESTIONS FOR YOURSELF.
LED technology, unlike a few years ago, is now a clear choice for anyone purchasing street lighting for public spaces. Finding the ideal street light, on the other hand, is far from straightforward.
Here’s the problem.
Before the advent of LEDs, contractors and designers had a choice of 3 to 5 different street luminaires. There are millions of possibilities available now, and the number continues to rise as technology and providers advance.
At the same time, the majority of external lighting is used in public areas, and it is frequently at the center of debates over safety, sustainability, and environmental issues.
The goal for anyone buying LED street lighting is to find an energy-saving, long-lasting solution that provides safety and appeal. But, with so many options, how can you choose the best one?
While each project is unique, there are several aspects that all projects have in common. If you’re looking for the ideal street light, here are four questions to ask yourself.
HOW DO I DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE STREET LIGHT LEVEL?
Facades, lanes, parks, cycleways, and highways all require outside illumination for a variety of reasons. Lighting can help with direction, highlighting activities, improving safety, expressing character, or staging events, depending on the situation.
The volume of traffic and the type of traffic are the two most important elements to consider when it comes to street lighting. These two elements decide whether or not street lighting is required, and if so, what type of illumination is required.
The amount and kind of traffic on a roadway determines which lighting class it belongs to in public spaces. Municipalities and communities decide on these lighting classes on their own, using street lighting design principles as a guide.
Each country in the Nordics follows and specifies a set of standardized design rules. The greater the lighting class, the more lighting requirements there are. In practice, the lighting class (from 1 to 6) specifies how much light is required and how evenly it should be distributed. The lighting class may be as high as 1 or 2 in busy city centers, and 5 or 6 on quiet streets.
Low illumination is a major contributory factor in the night-time fatality rate, according to a paper by the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
DO THE LUMINAIRES NEED TO BE CUSTOMIZED?
Even after deciding on a lighting class, each street has its own personality. The width of the road, pole distance, and pole height, to name a few, all differ significantly. Because of the variances, the luminaires must be customized to ensure that high-quality lighting is provided on every street. Customization usually involves the luminaire’s light output, optics, or both.
It’s frequently a matter of striking the appropriate balance in terms of personalization. In the end, it’s all about listening to the wants of the consumer and striking the correct balance between many elements.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES I SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO?
The luminaires’ longevity is critical when it comes to outside illumination. Outdoors, the luminaires are constantly subjected to harsh circumstances such as heat, cold, and moisture. Vandalism is always a problem in public spaces, in contrast to nature’s own twists.
Heat control is the single most critical factor determining the longevity of LED luminaires. To put it another way, if the LEDs and drivers are kept cool, the luminaires will last much longer. As a result, make sure the luminaires’ thermal management is well-designed, and never sacrifice important features for a lower price.
Aside from thermal management, ensure sure the street light you select has the following features:
Materials that are recyclable and have been thoroughly evaluated
A sufficient power range is available.
Spectrum of wide optics
Components that can be replaced
IP and IK class are both high.
Compatibility with smart cities
WHAT CAN I DO NOW TO SET MYSELF UP FOR THE FUTURE?
Cities are rapidly evolving all around the world, and the concept of a Smart City is becoming increasingly popular. The compatibility and interoperability of lighting and other smart city applications have become areas of interest for anybody involved with public lighting.
While harmonisation and standardisation in the lighting industry are still being created, as an LED street light buyer, make sure the luminaires you choose can be easily adaptable for future needs.
Is it possible to use different types of connectors with the luminaires? Is the vendor up to date on the most recent developments? You need a buddy who has the most up-to-date information and the ability to integrate and adapt to future needs in a quickly changing environment.