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How LED Lighting IS Revolutionising Street Lighting

 LED  stands for  lighting  emitting diode.  LEDs  are used in a lot of electronic products which includes the main topic I will be talking about today, street  lighting . Street  lighting   technology  has made use of  LEDs  since the 1960s. Prior to that the semi-conducting  light  source was used almost exclusively for products such as lamp indicators in electronic equipment. In recent years  LED   technology  had increased considerably and the efficiency of this type of  light  emitter is far superior to the older semi conductor  light  source. As a result  LED   technology  is now becoming common within  new  street  lighting  systems.

 LEDs  have excellent colour quality and are very, very reliable. As the  technology  has improved, the cost of the  LED  bulbs has reduced year by year until a point was reached recently where using  LEDs  above all other  light  sources within street  lighting  has become economically viable.

The main advantage of using  LEDs  is they have a very low watt percentage which obviously makes them very efficient. The cost of running  lighting  that uses  LEDs  instead of traditional bulb  lighting  is much cheaper.

As I said before,  LED   lighting  is preferable because of their excellent colour clarity and reliability and efficiency. Previously  LED   lighting  has been used for marking landmarks and for decorational purposes. The amount of  light  omitted was generally not enough to make them suitable for street  lighting . However as  technology  has improved it is now possible to set up  LED   lighting  systems in a way that they emit a significant amount of  light  and so have become good at illuminating things and not just acting as visual markers. These consisted of being used for external  lighting  but now they are considered good enough to  light  our streets.

A Slow Start For  LED  Street  Lighting 

At first though,  LEDs  were only considered good enough for use in small streets such as cul-de-sacs. This was because they did not illuminate an area sufficiently to enable them to be used alongside main roads, for example. But now with advanced  LED   technology  the illuminating power that they have is huge.

Local authorities have, in recent years, adapted their policies so all  new  street lamps have  LEDs  in them. This is because they are so much more efficient and so much cheaper to run. The majority of big companies have included  LEDs  in their range of internal  lights .  Lighting  designers and other  lighting  service providers have begun to focus heavily of  LED   lighting  design.

A Summary Of The Advantages OF  LEDs  In Street  Lighting 

There are many reasons for selecting  LED  lamps, these include:

Low lamp wattage

Reduced energy/running costs

Increase lamp life expectancy

Reduced maintenance regime

Fewer lamp changes

Increased colour temperatures (white  light  source gives excellent colour recognition)

 LEDs  are also great for reducing global warming as they save up to 80% more energy than the old  lights  (incandescent). A good quality  LED  product promises great performance and a lifetime output.  LED   lights  can have a lifetime of 25 years, minimum, for high quality  LEDs  which means local authorities using them will have to change fewer lamps over that period of time.

 LEDs  are just so efficient. For example the money you would use to pay for the  lights  would be regained within about 18 months due to the reduced cost of running the  lights . You can see now why  LED   lighting  is revolutionising street lighting around the world.



Source by Chris Pittway

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