Infrastructure includes roadways, sidewalks, access to buildings and car parks which can provide contrasting and challenging issues for your lighting design solution. Finding the perfect balance between form and function when safety and functionality are paramount, can be a hard task.
Full control over your infrastructure lighting is possible with smart lighting functionality. ‘Intelligent street lighting’ can detect when there is movement and brighten in response or dim when no activity is detected, generating massive savings for councils and towns.
Regulate luminaire up time and down time with ‘smart street lighting’ to take advantage of the natural light when it is available. LED technology includes programmable luminaires that dim and brighten according to a preset schedule.
There are a couple of different light styles that are great for infrastructure environments: predominately street / area lights, weatherproof lights (IP and IK), canopy lights and wall lights.
Street lights provide illumination for city roadways and sidewalk areas. The main purpose of street lighting is to provide comfortable visibility and public safety, while encouraging vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All lighting installed in the city is designed to meet the national lighting standards for visibility and reduce sky glow and glare.
Important things to remember when lighting for infrastructure application:
- The benefits of LED lighting as an energy efficient lighting solution
- Safety and functionality
- Compliance with national lighting standards
- Designing a wholistic lighting solution
- Testing for efficiency and maintainability
- Black hole effect of entering a dark space from the light – underground car parks
- IP Rating
- IoT (Internet of Things) – connectivity
- Impact on the performance and life of lighting fixtures over time due to factors such as accumulation of dirt, carbon exhaust, insects, wildlife and vandalism