While LED lights are common in houses, they can also be used in street lighting. Just like other units, the street light use light emitting diodes (LED) as their source of light. The lights are said to be integrated because the fixture and luminaire are in one part.
To create variety, the lights come in different designs. For example, there are some companies that use high power 1 watt LEDs in their light while other companies use lower power LEDs. There are other companies that pack several LEDs together in order to perform the same purpose as a single high power LED.
The units also come in different shapes that are ideal for different locations. The shapes depend on a number of factors such as: LED configuration, aesthetic design preference and heat sink used. The heat sinks used in these lights is usually similar to those used in cooling other electronic devices such as computers.
Just like other units, LED street lights have a lifespan that is determined by the light output. Once the brightness of the unit decreases by 30%, the unit is said to have reached the end of its life.
Advantages of the street lights
Just like other LED lights, these units have low energy consumption. Due to this they save you a lot of money.
Another advantage is that they have long and predictable lifetimes. The lifetime of the units is usually 10-15 years. They are also easy to maintain which means that you spend less on maintenance.
The units have a more accurate color rendering. This makes it easy for drivers to recognize any hazards on the road and as a result there are minimal accidents.
They are less attractive to nocturnal insects which prevents them from damage. In addition to this, they direct their light downwards onto the roadway which reduces the amount of light that is directed into the driver’s eyes. This also aids in reducing road accidents.
Disadvantages of the units
Although, the lights are great, they have a number of disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that the units are expensive especially if you want to buy them in large numbers. The reason why the units are expensive is because they are made from expensive materials such as sapphire.
This is what you need to know about LED street lights. Although, the initial cost of the units is high, they save you a lot of money in the long run.