WHAT IS SMART STREET LIGHT?
A smart streetlight is a public lighting fixture that incorporates technology, such as cameras, light-sensing photocells and other sensors,
to introduce real-time monitoring functionalities. Also referred to as adaptive lighting or intelligent street lighting, this type of lighting system
is recognized as a significant step in the development of smart cities.
In addition to enabling cities to provide the proper amount of street light for local conditions, installing intelligent lighting will help improve citizen
satisfaction regarding security and safety, while bringing municipalities significant savings in power consumption and lighting system maintenance.
Plus, outdoor lighting infrastructure will serve as a backbone for a number of internet of everything applications, such as monitoring weather, pollution and traffic.
WHY DO WE NEED SMART STREET LIGHT?
SHOULD THE LUMINAIRES BE CUSTOMISED?
Even after determining a lighting class, each street has its unique characteristics. There are big differences in the width of the road, pole distance and pole height,
to name a few. Because of the differences,
the luminaires need customisation to assure high-quality lighting on every street. Usually, the customisation has to do with the luminaire’s light output, optics or both.
Often, it’s about finding the right balance in customisation. In the end, it’s all about listening to the customer’s needs and finding that right balance with different factors.
WHICH FEATURES SHOULD I DRAW ATTENTION TO?
With exterior lighting, the durability of the luminaires is vital. Outdoors, the luminaires are always exposed to tough conditions, including heat, cold and moist.
As opposed to nature’s own twists, vandalism is always another concern on public spaces.
The single most important thing affecting the lifespan of LED luminaires is heat control. In other words, the lifespan of the luminaires is a lot longer if the LEDs,
along with the drivers, are kept cool.
Therefore, make sure the thermal management of the luminaires is well designed and never compromise vital attributes over price.
Apart from thermal management, make sure the street light you choose has:
- Recyclable, tested materials
- Wide enough power range
- Wide optics spectrum
- Replaceable components
- High IP & IK class
- Long guarantee
- Smart City compatibility
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE?
Everywhere in the world, cities are evolving rapidly and the concept of Smart City is more and more talked about. For anyone dealing with public lighting,
the compatibility and interoperability of lighting and different smart city applications have become areas of interest.
While the harmonisation and standardisation are yet to be established in the lighting world, as a purchaser of LED street lights make sure the luminaires
you choose may be easily adapted for future needs.