Daily Archives: May 15, 2020

Moving Street and Industrial Lighting Technology Into the Twenty First Century

With the energy crunch hitting most countries of the world, providing street lighting to the public could drain away quite a bit of revenue as well as fossil fuels required to keep them lit. The use of the old and traditional street light fittings are not helping much, because they are inefficient and generate a lot of heat. This heat is energy which is wasted, leading to increased energy costs as well as depletion of fossil fuels. Fortunately, there are newer and more energy-saving light fittings and bulbs that are available in the market, which gives out better light while consuming less power.

New Generation

In many places of the world, it is the mercury lamps that are the most common form of street lighting that is used and was slowly replaced by sodium vapor lamps. However, in an attempt to reduce imports of expensive crude oil for generating power, more and more countries including China, are slowly replacing their old-style lamps with the newer LED lights. The light fitting that is most commonly used as replacement is the LED flood light fixture which has taken off in many countries around the world, mainly due to the low energy consumption as well as the bright light it provides. The latest generation of LED bulbs has been found to be very proficient in converting energy to light without any heat wastage, which used to be a big drain on power.

Flicker-Free Lighting

To put into perspective, the energy which is emitted as light from a 10-watt LED bulb is the lumen equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb. Additionally, they last much longer, saving you a lot of money in the long run. These LED lights have become very popular in factories, industries, and places were security is paramount; they can be used for general lighting as well as on factory floors. One model of light fitting that is very popular especially in many areas of industry is the LED High Bay light fixture; this fitting is usually placed in an elevated position, typically around 25 feet in height, to illuminate large areas. These LED light fittings provide a very strong diffused light which is not focused; the light provided does not have any glare or flickering usually associated with fluorescent lights.

Cool Light Housings

LED lights consume around a quarter of the energy used by fluorescent lights, yet emit about 120 lumens per watt, making it a an excellent and efficient light source. In places where the energy supply is erratic with sudden surges, LED lights have been found to be perfect, as many of the fittings have inbuilt surge and thermal protectors. LED lights take some time to get warmed up, but they will emit bright light without inducing any flickering with the added benefit of remaining cool. These LED lights are provided with a special light housing, usually made from aluminium, making them the perfect solution to install in streets, where they can work for long periods without needed any maintenance.