Streetlight Tariffs: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
With suitable utility tariffs those organizations doing the right thing by adopting greener streetlight technologies would be rewarded with lower energy bills.
In common with just about every other type of lighting that is changing to LED, streetlights around the world are being converted to this highly durable and energy-efficient lighting technology. But that’s not the only innovation which is transforming the world of lighting. The other change coming down the tracks is connectivity.
In the home, wireless connectivity enables householders to control their lights via an app, for example to turn lights on and off remotely or to set color and mood. Wireless connectivity offers similar benefits in the realm of streetlighting. Once connected, streetlights can be fine-tuned, such as for brightness and timings, and their performance checked remotely.
While the householder may adjust his or her house lights remotely using finger strokes on an app, the street light operator is able to manage hundreds of thousands of lights at the click of a mouse.
To connect streetlights, a wireless controller is fitted onto each light. This communicates bi-directionally with a management application accessed via a desktop or tablet. As well as controlling the light and monitoring its performance and status, the wireless controller has another important role, that of measuring energy consumption.
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