Tuesday, June 3, 2008

LED street lamps

According to tree hugger Dusseldorf Germany has decided to replace 10000 of their gas street lamps with LEDs. They bring up the excellent point LEDs are more directional which will save on light pollution as well as energy. I still don't understand lack of motion sensors though!
Especially with LEDs that are quick to turn on and off (unlike high pressure sodium vapor) and LEDs are dimmable (when no motion only use 1 in 10 LEDs)
clipped from www.treehugger.com

Of course, LED are still kind of expensive, so there's a capital cost. But once they are in place, their operating costs are lower and they can last for a very long time. Another benefit is that you can direct light much more easily, so you can avoid sending light in all directions (people with a street light across the street from their bedroom window will understand...). The first bump in the road for LED street lights was that some people thought their white light was too cold compared to the red-ish glow of the old lamps, but that can easily be fixed by using colored LEDs. ::Replacing gas lamps with LEDs

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