LED streetlights are quickly becoming the standard means of lighting up streets, and it’s easy to see why. Along with the proven cost and energy saving benefits that standard LED lights can have, there are a wide variety of other boons that LED streetlights can offer businesses, councils and communities. Unlike the high-intensity discharge lamps commonly used around the work, LED streetlamps provide accurate energy measurements and far more intelligent infrastructure that serves to unite connects people and technology. There’s much, much more to LED streetlamps, though – in this blog, we explore what these are to give you a better idea of why they’re becoming so popular around the world.
Financial benefits of LED Streetlamps
Councils are increasingly interested in street lights for sale, and there’s a very good reason for this. With more than 2.3 million conventional street lamps in service in Australia, the energy-hungry lighting used in these serves to contribute nearly 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse emissions each year. The inefficiencies of these lights also cost council bodies close to $400 million in energy and maintenance costs every year – money which quickly adds up. The change to LED streetlamps can actually save councils close to 80% in energy costs, which in turn also significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the streetlights. Despite there being an obvious need to roll out LED streetlights across the country, the considerable cost of investment is one that will invariably pay itself off – even with the likely hefty bill associated with new lights, installation costs, project management and other associated costs, LED streetlights can pay for themselves in 5 years. Much of this is to do with the long lifetime of LED lights, as LED street lights last for between 10 and 15 years, which is a massive two to four times the life of currently conventional lamps.
Making for better communities
Even though the financial incentives of LED streetlights are clear, installing them suburbs and city areas around Australia also has a noticeably positive impact on the community. Seeing that the local government bodies are investing in sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices sets an excellent example, and gives communities faith that their future is being considered. Communities can also appreciate the much-improved nature of LED lighting as well, due to its improved night-time visibility and long life. This allows for both improved safety and night-time ambience, which in turn makes night-time an easier time for businesses to trade. The move to LED streetlights also opens the doors for smart street lighting, which will allow lighting infrastructure to bolster traditional lighting with features designed to further increase efficiencies, productivity, and services, taking the form of things like the connection of sensors and communication devices.
Set a great example for your local community
With major cities around Australia already introducing LED streetlights into public spaces, and with excellent results. For example, not only is Melbourne installing LED streetlighting through its Public Lighting Strategy, rebates are being offered to apartment owners to incentivise the upgrade to LED lighting through the Smart Block programme! This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, and you should expect to see not only more LED lights pop up around your community in the future, but some very interesting smart technology developments.