Street and outdoor lighting is no longer purely an on/off system: increasingly, cities are moving toward outdoor lighting systems that are more dynamic, intelligent and flexible.
In the age of “Smart Cities”, outdoor lighting becomes a dynamic platform enabling continuous innovation, and therefore needs to be looked at from a different point of view. Outdoor lighting and “Smart City” development Investment in smart lighting networks also lays the foundation for long-term cost reduction by serving as a backbone and launching pad for “smart city” development.
The next step in the evolution of outdoor lighting is the smart lighting network. Powerline or wireless communication solutions can then be used to control entire sections of luminaires, aided by software that provides continuous monitoring, metering and a range of intelligent management options.
Furthermore, the ability to remotely monitor and adjust LED output through smart controls opens up three significant sources of financial savings:
• Maximizing energy savings by dimming lights to match the required standard, reducing output at sunset and sunrise, and dimming during periods of lower pedestrian/traffic activity
• Maximizing LED lifespan by dimming, and by adjusting light output upward as the product depreciates over time
• Minimizing maintenance costs by remote detection of faults and failures, and by GPS mapping of luminaires.