Street lighting is estimated to comprise nearly 40% of a city’s energy consumption, so it’s no wonder cities around the world are getting smarter about it. By replacing existing street lights with LED-based lamps, utilities and other street light operators can cut energy and operations costs by 50% or more.
Smart lighting systems can help cities reduce costs, cut carbon emissions, and help boost energy efficiency and public safety. Connected street lighting can also be incorporated with various sensors that collect and transmit information to help cities monitor and respond to situations such as traffic congestion, air quality, crowds, and noise. They can even detect and track available parking spaces.
Networked LED street lighting systems can offer cities a chance to maximize low-energy lighting benefits while also improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety by brightening upon approach, which is happening in cities like Copenhagen. And in some locations, these smart networked street lights have helped reduce crime up to 10 percent.
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