This week, the City of Bryan, Ohio upgraded its street lighting with new LED lamps, making their nighttime lighting far more energy efficient than it used to be. The simple switch in lighting will is saving the City of Bryan 30-35% in energy costs – so why aren’t more cities doing it?
If every city in the United States were to switch to energy efficient LEDs to light their streets, and accomplish the same energy savings which were realized, the amount of strain put on the energy grid would be reduced by an enormous amount..
Some of the advantages of LED’s are …
§ Efficiency: LEDs emit more light per watt than incandescent light bulbs. Their efficiency is not affected by shape and size, unlike fluorescent light bulbs or tubes.
§ Color: LEDs can emit light of an intended color without using any color filters as traditional lighting methods need. This is more efficient and can lower initial costs.
§ Size: LEDs can be very small (smaller than 2 mm2) and are easily populated onto printed circuit boards.
§ On/Off time: LEDs light up very quickly. A typical red indicator LED will achieve full brightness in under a microsecond. LEDs used in communications devices can have even faster response times.
§ Cycling: LEDs are ideal for uses subject to frequent on-off cycling, unlike fluorescent lamps that fail faster when cycled often, or HID lamps that require a long time before restarting.
§ Dimming: LEDs can very easily be dimmed either by pulse-width modulation or lowering the forward current.
§ Cool light: In contrast to most light sources, LEDs radiate very little heat in the form of IR that can cause damage to sensitive objects or fabrics. Wasted energy is dispersed as heat through the base of the LED.
§ Slow failure: LEDs mostly fail by dimming over time, rather than the abrupt failure of incandescent bulbs.
§ Lifetime: LEDs can have a relatively long useful life. One report estimates 35,000 to 50,000 hours of useful life, though time to complete failure may be longer. Fluorescent tubes typically are rated at about 10,000 to 15,000 hours, depending partly on the conditions of use, and incandescent light bulbs at 1,000–2,000 hours.
§ Shock resistance: LEDs, being solid state components, are difficult to damage with external shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs which are fragile.
§ Focus: The solid package of the LED can be designed to focus its light. Incandescent and fluorescent sources often require an external reflector to collect light and direct it in a usable manner.
Hope more and more cities and countries switch over to LED’s and reduce the burden on our environment..