To design a correct illumination in our streets, roads, parks or gardens of a municipality, it is necessary to take into account the minimum levels of illumination necessary for the development of the activities that take place in these spaces, promoting the safety and comfort of the users but avoiding the light pollution.
Street lighting undoubtedly provides a simple and economical alternative to counteract to a large extent the consequent and dangerous traffic accidents. This is an effective safety method for all drivers, pedestrians and pedestrians in urban and rural areas, as they ensure that driving on properly lit roads generates greater confidence. It is for this reason that residents’ associations, as well as local authorities, councils, should always be an obligation.
What is street lighting?
Lighting industry and the EU fight to reduce the environmental impact, customizable lighting tailored to the customer
Achieve efficient energy consumption, minimal environmental impact and a reasonable investment. Something that many city councils strive to achieve in their municipalities.
LED lighting meets these expectations, also reducing consumption, and facilitating energy efficiency without altering light levels and protecting the environment.
To achieve sustainable lighting, you must choose the type of lamp that provides the correct operating parameters by the manufacturer.
That is why it is important to take into account renewable energies such as the use of garden lamps or road lamps and photovoltaic solar energy by means of panels.
In addition, those areas that imply a greater study due to the rigour of their locations should be studied, that is to say, walks, staircases, roundabouts, living areas. These spaces should take into account the minimum lighting criteria and levels established for lighting, as they should favour vision without being harmful or hindering the comfort of pedestrians or drivers.
The lighting should be homogeneous and the lighting should not be excessive so as not to create contrasts of light and shadow that alter the aesthetics of these spaces. Without forgetting, the location and orientation of the luminaires does not produce dazzles for passers-by.
Techniques to reduce costs and make the city more sustainable
The installation of control systems of ignition and shutdown form a great advantage to produce savings between 10 and 30%, being able to control according to the needs of the environment.
This system consists of integrating switches with astronomical timetables or with light sensors that are specially designed to control the luminous load according to the hours at which it dawns and dusks at different times of the year.
We can also integrate double-level ballast, which will vary the impedance of the circuit individually in each of the luminaires, adapting the luminous flux to the particular needs of each measure, or the implementation of dimmers of luminous flux at the head, with the aim of reducing the luminous intensity from certain hours of the night, in which the citizen activity is reduced to the minimum.