LED Street lightning

It’s no secret that public areas, including parking lots, parks, and roads, are safer when well lit. For many years, halogen and sodium lamps, with their familiar yellow glow, have been the most common street lighting solutions used in many urbanised areas and cities. However, they come with the major disadvantage of using a lot of electricity and generating high levels of heat, leading to high operational and maintenance costs. Fortunately, light-emitting diode (LED) street lights have begun to light up city streets all over the world, with most LED street lighting programs being a total success. The average person, however, probably won’t see what the big deal is, which is why we’ve put together a list of reasons that show why LEDs are great for street lighting. 

They’re more cost effective Halogens use a lot of electricity. Consider the amount of electricity a single halogen lamp uses (halogen lamps for streetlights typically use 300 to 500 watts) within the usual twelve hours it’s switched on. Multiply that by the number days in a year and you get the picture. The great thing about LED lighting is that not only are they cheaper to operate—especially when in a large scale scenario—they use much less electricity, equal to a fraction of the power used by halogen lamps. When used for street lighting applications, they can save thousands of dollars. 

They’re brighter and generate less heat. Although many people may not recognize the difference, LEDs emit out a cool, bright light, perfect for outdoor lighting. Another benefit they offer is that they don’t generate high heat levels, making them cool to the touch and less susceptible to breaking caused by heat. 

They have a longer lifespan LED light bulbs also last longer, making them ideal for streetlights. Whereas halogens only have a lifespan of around 3,000 hours, LEDs have a lifespan well over 15,000 hours, making them a better, more cost-effective option (maintenance wise) for street lighting.

To learn how to convert energy consumption between halogens, incandescent lamps, and LEDs, refer to this guide.

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