LED Street Light Fixtures
LED roadway lights improves driver safety, reduces light pollution and operating costs. This combination provides a win-win for any commercial street lights looking to convert to LED.
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Why choose a MyLEDLightingGuide Street Light?
1. Tool-less access for installation and maintenance
2. Replace 70W to 1000W Metal Halide and HPS
Replace 400W HID
Replace 1000W HID
We can produce a free photometric evaluation of your outdoor space to show you how well our LED Street lights work, what model is appropriate and what optic provides the best results for you outdoor space.
High Intensity Discharge Lamp to LED Conversion
|Traditional Street Lamp||LED - Lumens (100% directional)|
|70 Watt HPS / Metal Halide||2,000 lumens|
|100 Watt HPS / Metal Halide||3,000 lumens|
|150 Watt HPS / Metal Halide||5,000 lumens|
|250 Watt HPS / Metal Halide||10,000-12,000 lumens|
|400 Watt HPS / Metal Halide||15,000-25,000 lumens|
|1000 Watt HPS / Metal Halide||40,000-55,000 lumens|
3. Many Optics Options for Street Lights
Typical road-way distribution patterns include Types 2, 3, 4 and 5. Types 3 and 5 are the most common. Why one works best for you? Let us do a free photometric with one of our many cobra head options.
4. Control Ready and Dimmable
3 pin NEMA
7 pin NEMA
Think about this. Converting Metal Halide to LED, you might switch from 400 Watts to 120W. At night, if the light dims to 10%, that means the LED is now using 12W. That's a reduction of 388 Watts. (actually the HID lamp consumes 455W with the ballast draw, so you're saving 443W per fixture. That's huge!)
Our LED StreetLights work with both 3 pin and 7 pin Nema socket enabled controls and smart networks.
5. 4000K and 5000K Color Temperatures
Both offer a significant improvement over high pressure sodium lights, rated at 2200K. LED street lights with a CCT of 3000K - 4000K (or a little less) are the best for street lighting in residential areas. The amount of blue light they emit is small.
6. High CRI - 70+
7. L70 Light Maintenance - up to 50,000 hours
A 70% deterioration in light output is the point at which the human eye notices a decline in the intensity. But, the human eye is only affected when the light intensity of a light source reaches a level of 30%.
Used 12 hours a night, our LED Shoebox fixtures will provide bright, maintenance free lighting for years.
8. Efficacy (Lumens Per Watt)
To calculate luminous efficacy, divide the number of lumens the lamp generates by the watts of electricity it consumes. LED light fixtures with a higher luminous efficacy are more efficient than those with a lower luminous efficacy.
9. Energy savings and maintenance savings - up to 80%
If we compare this to LEDs, which consume 40 to 300 watts – there is a 40% to 60% reduction in energy. Greater savings when lighting controls are added.
Maintenance costs drops to near zero. Most street lights require a lift to replace or maintain. These jobs are not cheap. Installing a LED fixture that can last 10+ years mean huge maintenance savings.
10. Paybacks can be relatively short with LED Street-Lights
LED payback = Hours of Use + Reduced Use of Electricity + Rebates
Rebates may be the least important of the three. High hours of use and high cost of electricity will dwarf the benefits of a rebate.
Everyone likes a rebate. We have created many proposals where payback was under 1 year even without rebates. Contact us and we can help walk you through the math.
11. Reduced Light Pollution
Light pollution occurs in different ways including light trespass (light spill), sky glow, glare, and light clutter. It affects the environment as carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. The International Dark-Sky Association states that each year, about 12 million tons of carbon dioxide are released by invasive night time lighting. The association also estimates that 30% of all street light is wasted.
Light pollution also affects the lifestyle of mammals, birds, amphibians, and insects by causing disorientation and affecting their migration, sleeping, mating, and feeding cycles. LED technology has addressed the light pollution problem by developing light fixtures that focus light only where it is required.
The Problem with Conventional Street Lighting
First of all, the energy consumption of traditional street lights is high. Street lighting accounts for up to 40% of the total energy usage in many cities. During cold weather, traditional lamps need more energy to produce light.
Over lighting is another problem. Traditional HID bulbs cannot dim and thus provide unnecessary bright light.
In some cities, even with low amounts of pedestrians and cars, street lights operate at high intensity. This leads to wasted energy and environmental issues. LEDs can be controlled and dimmed to provide lighting when required.
Light trespass occurs when street lights produce unwanted light. They shine onto adjacent residential properties. Unlike LED, traditional HID lights are not capable of producing directional light.
Another problem with street lighting is the maintenance of traditional lighting systems. Due to their short lifespan, they need relamping and servicing quite often. Money spent on purchasing new lamps, fixtures, and on labor could be spent on better programs. A LED light could operate for 10 years without the need for maintenance.
High pressure sodium produce yellow light and have poor color rendering ability. Everything appears brown and yellow.
Old fashioned street lighting on some streets distributes uneven. Lamp posts are far apart from each other, creating wide dark patches. In other locations, some critical areas along the street do not have lamp posts. And as cities have developed, lamp locations have not been re-assessed.
Common Misconceptions about LED Street Lighting
Myth 1: LED Street Lights Are Dangerous to People
The focus here should not be on the type of light but more on the amount of blue light emitted by the light source. LED lights have a wide range of color temperatures. LEDs are available in 3000K-4000K, a good choice for street lighting. The amount of blue light is so limited that it doesn’t affect people.
Myth 2: All Blue Light Is Dangerous To People
Blue light plays an important role in human health. It’s part of sunlight and enhances physiological human processes. The issue with blue light comes with over exposure at night time. Too much blue light may affect sleeping patterns.
Myth 3: LEDs Emit More Blue Light than Other Street Lights
During the initial stages of LED, the products emitted a significant amount of blue light. Improvements ensure LEDs produce limited blue light without affecting their efficiency and quality. Compared to conventional lighting, LEDs have the ability to generate directional light. This means they provide equal illumination with less light, decreasing blue light emission.
Myth 4: Street Lighting Should Not Emit Blue Light
Street lighting benefits from having some blue light. Blue light is part of what makes up the light spectrum that enhances street safety and aesthetics. Light sources that contain some blue light make objects appear more natural, help with proper identification of objects and people, and enhance visibility at low illumination levels.
Myth 5: The Streets Are Better With Traditional Street Lights than LED
For years, major cities used conventional lighting like fluorescents, HPS and MH lamps. But these lights became unpopular because their lighting is harsh. They are expensive to maintain and consume high electricity with a short lifespan.
Also, while traditional lights have no control over how much light they give off. LED lights emit focused light that adjusts to the preferred level and intensity. This reduces glare, light trespass, and light pollution. Without a doubt, the streets are better with LED street lighting.