Today’s commercial outdoor lighting offers energy efficiency along with modern styles that are very attractive. They can light up roadways and sidewalks with excellent vertical and horizontal uniformity. They feature enhanced lighting control and reduced glare.
Roadways and Public Places:
Outdoor lighting in today’s world plays a vital role in our safety and security out on the streets and in public places. We need smarter outdoor lighting today in order to comply with newer legislation, energy reduction, and new environmental challenges.
Led lighting has totally changed the landscape in terms of outdoor lighting. It is used in all kinds of applications in both commercial and residential areas. From street lights to the street signs guiding the highways, LED lighting is there to guide us along. You see it in the decorative lamp posts along sidewalks and lighting up tunnels as we speed down the roadway.
LED lighting has been constantly improving since their very first commercial uses back in the 60’s. Their initial applications were very simple little red indicator lights found on electronics. Today they have a broad range of colors, excellent intensity levels, and ever-increasing energy efficiency.
The LED lamps used for outdoor lighting have the benefit of requiring very little on-going maintenance. They carry an average lifespan of for each lamp of up to 50,000 hours. The means in ideal conditions they can last, burning an average of 8 hours a night, up to 17 years.
Outdoor Lighting Innovation:
Where there are no utility lines we are seeing solar street lights filling the gap. They deliver cost savings because they eliminate the need for trenching wires as well as the recurring costs of power bills. You can see solar street lights today on the freeways, highways, rural roads, neighborhood streets, and more. They provide sustainability and security with an overall green image.
Each solar street light carries a self-contained solar power assembly. They are sized to run that particular fixture per customer need. The power assembly is found mounted on the top of each pole, usually above the fixtures.
Various fixture styles are available and they can provide the necessary lighting levels and the distribution patterns needed for delivering a perfect lighting solution. Some great examples of solar outdoor lighting are –
• Flag Pole Lighting
• Building Structure Lighting
• Bus Stop/Shelter Lighting
• Pathway & Landscape Lighting
• Solar Flashers
Another advantage of using LED lamps for outdoor lighting, is how their surface temperature stays cool. This allows for improved safety on ground-level lighting. No energy is lost due to heat.
The future of outdoor lighting definitely lays at the feet of LED lighting. They are efficient and durable. They are flexible for many applications and techniques as well, like up lighting, down lighting, back lighting, cross lighting, path lighting, safety lighting, underwater lighting, mirror lighting, wall washing, silhouette lighting, focal point, grazing, and more.