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Innovations in Public Lighting: How LED is Changing the Game

  • 5 Feb 2024

Public lighting plays a crucial role in enhancing the safety and security of urban areas. They improve the quality of life of people living in urban areas by illuminating public spaces and enabling people to access them even at night.

One of the most common changes in public lighting is the gradual shift towards LED lights. The use of LED lights in public lighting design has numerous benefits. This article discusses how LED is a game changer in public lighting and why urban spaces are embracing LED technology for public lighting…

Benefits of LED in Public Lighting

The light-emitting diode, or LED, produces light through electroluminescence. In this process, a voltage is applied to a semi-conductor within the LED that produces light. Today, LED is widely used to illuminate streets, pathways, and public spaces.

Switching to LED lights is a step through which institutions can create safer public spaces while contributing towards environmental sustainability. Moreover, another benefit of LED lights is that they are a major contributor to lower energy bills.

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There are many more benefits of LED lights, as listed here…

They are Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency refers to the amount of light a bulb emits per watt of electricity consumed. LED lights are 80-90 per cent more energy efficient than traditional lights. This means that LED lights are able to convert 80 per cent of the electricity into light while only 20 per cent is converted into other forms of energy, such as heat.

They Provide Longevity

Longevity is another crucial benefit of LED lights. An LED light lasts up to three to four years more than a CFL light and thirty years more than an incandescent light. Moreover, even if you leave your LED light on for 8 hours a day, it can last up to twenty years, making it a great choice for public lighting.

They are Ecologically Friendly

LED lights don’t contain toxins such as mercury that are present in CFLs. Moreover, LED lights are 100% recyclable and provide greater longevity, reducing an institution’s carbon footprint and helping it take a step towards an environmentally sustainable future.

They Emit Low UV and Heat

LED lights emit most of their energy in the form of visible light and hardly any light in the spectrum of UV rays. Moreover, LED lights don’t emit much heat, making them a safer option for heat-sensitive areas.

Suitable for Extreme Climate Conditions

LED lights are suitable for places with extreme weather conditions. A downside of CFL lights is that they can’t function to their optimal capacity in areas that are extremely cold. However, this is not the case with LED. These illuminations work perfectly in areas with extreme weather conditions.

They Work Efficiently on Low Voltage

Traditional lighting designs require a high-voltage power supply. On the other hand, an LED light works perfectly even on a low voltage, making it a superior option for lighting outdoor public spaces.

They Effectively Disperse Light

Unlike conventional lighting, which emits light in all directions, LED emits light in a specific direction, thanks to its design and use of reflectors. This feature helps in more focused illumination and enhances the efficiency of light distribution.

Conclusion

There is no denying that LED is a superior option to conventional lighting designs for public spaces. However, efficient installation also plays a crucial role in this process. Therefore, it is advisable to avail of the services of an experienced electricity contractor to enjoy the maximum benefits of an LED lighting system.

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