What is public lighting and what are the advantages of smart lighting?

Public lighting is one of the public services all municipal authorities must provide in the areas they administrate, in order to make them safer and more readily accessible for the town or city’s inhabitants.

Public lighting mostly refers to streetlights, which are available in a number of forms, from the most traditional - lampposts and wall lights, for example – to cutting edge, low visual impact units.

The technical development of public lighting infrastructure has been shaped by the necessity for local authorities to fulfil two requirements: limiting energy consumption and reducing light pollution.

The most innovative technical solutions involve the use of remotely managed LED units. This Smart Lighting technology means units can be managed in a more innovative and efficient way, enabling users to:

  • cut energy consumption by around 65%, and generate a further 20% of savings by adjusting light output according to vehicle traffic needs;
  • manage units more effectively through longer useful life and reduced labour requirements;
  • improve light quality through the greater colour rendering provided by the new sources that enable excellent colour perception. 

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