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TOPIC: Harnessing the Latest Technologies to Improve Street Lighting Efficiency & Reduce Energy Consumption

Harnessing the Latest Technologies to Improve Street Lighting Efficiency & Reduce Energy Consumption 5 months, 2 weeks ago #1

Hi my name is Declan from SELC Ireland Limited. We manufacture & distribute street light components (Photocells, Electronic Ballasts) and control systems globally. 

Street lighting often accounts for a huge percentage of a municipality's energy costs. Therefore it should be given a lot of attention, consideration and focus. 

There is not much information available on the kind of technologies, which local authorities can make use of, to better control their lighting systems. 

Our sales and marketing director, Keith Henry, has worked in the public lighting industry for over 25 years. He recently wrote a very clear and informative article (link below) describing the various components, techniques & technologies which can be used to control street lighting systems. 

I hope you find it useful and please feel free to respond or ask any questions as it would be good to get a debate going on the subject.

Link to the article which was published in Traffic Technology International Magazine:
viewer.zmags.com/publication/e8a8bd2e#/e8a8bd2e/94  

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Re: Harnessing the Latest Technologies to Improve Street Lighting Efficiency & Reduce Energy Consumption 5 months, 1 week ago #2

Hi Declan, Rather than simply ensuring that kit is efficient and effective, which is right to do, there are wider options, at Milton Keynes Council we designed a whole estate with a gradual dimming from 19.30 to 22.00, dim over night, brighter from 7.00. That had an option for brightening if there was an incident for CCTV and Police response. Another option to consider is closed loop deals with wind farms: If planning for wind farms is given with a condition for cheaper or free overnight energy, when it can be produced and not needed, or perhaps having wind farms on highway land, so that during low demand periods (overnight) the energy is free! Great win-win for energy production.
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