Street lighting

Find the right street lighting for every purpose

Dangers lurk in the dark:  this is true for private paths and parking spaces, as well as for public places. Road users have to reckon with heavy traffic during the hours of darkness, especially in the winter months when the sun sets early. Street lighting is advisable in order to prevent accidents and provide more safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. The type and size of the installation depends on the on-site conditions.

The main function of street lamps

Unlike car headlamps, which illuminate a narrow and limited area in front of the vehicle, street lamps are designed to emit as much light as possible over a wide area. The broad concept involves mounting the street lighting on a mast so that the light shines down from above. This produces the largest possible beam of light, which illuminates the entire area evenly. Particularly practical: if the lamp is mounted at a variable height on the pole, the size of the beam of light can be directly controlled. This means that the distribution and intensity of the lighting can be specifically adapted to the respective situation. However road users should be taken into account and must not be blinded by the lantern. To ensure this, two conditions must be met: Firstly, the lamp must be adjusted so that the light shines downwards and not forwards. Secondly, a special lamp must be used which is designed specifically so that the emitted light is not blinding.

Where is the installation of a street light useful?

It fundamentally makes sense to sufficiently illuminate dangerous and well-used paths. If the paths service streets or parking facilities, bright path and car park lighting is especially crucial.  Customers appreciate both the convenience and the safety that the lighting provides. The latter aspect in particular is also a great advantage for the managing operator: bright car park lighting or path lighting is an effective protection against burglary. Criminals usually use the cover of darkness to break into shops or private houses unnoticed - bright lighting removes this possibility.

Street lighting with low consumption costs

Energy efficiency is a very important issue in view of rising electricity costs. Therefore it is often the case that the street lamp is switched off at a certain time. Electricity is of course saved, but the aforementioned protection against burglary is lost. In addition, road users travelling late at night will not benefit from the light. It is therefore much more useful to rely on an efficient and cost-effective technology such as LED. This is a particularly economical option, as is reflected in the technical data. A corresponding street lamp with an output of 40 watts reaches as many as 4500 lumens. By way of comparison, an incandescent lamp with the same consumption that was previously in common use produces only about one tenth of the luminous flux. Another advantage of the LED is its long service life, which is quoted as up to 100,000 hours.  This corresponds to a period of more than ten years. Conventional technologies would have to be replaced several times during such a time period.

Installation of street lighting

The way in which the street light is installed depends on the model. Variants that can be easily attached to an existing mast are particularly practical and flexible. They also enable the height of the lighting to be easily adjusted to suit your own requirements. When purchasing street lighting, it is also important to ensure that the outer housing boasts a high level of protection. This is necessary to prevent water and dirt from penetrating the interior and damaging the technology. We recommend the protection class "IP 65".

Beam light into the darkness with the right street lighting

To generate light where there is otherwise darkness - the basic function of a lamp is clear. When used outdoors, however, a street lamp has even more uses: Weather resistance, energy efficiency and light colour, for example, are among the most important factors. Different products often only differ in small details, which can have a big effect. What must be taken into account when purchasing a street lamp?

What is the purpose of street lighting?

In general, street lighting has a crucial function. The lighting of transport links is of course the traditional, but not the only, area of application. Options are increasingly being sought for parking lots, footpaths and the private sector.  Large buildings as well as industrial and commercial facilities can be illuminated from the outside. Flexibility is therefore an important aspect when selecting a lamp for outdoor use. Models that the user can easily attach to a mast prove to be particularly practical. It should also be as easy as possible to connect the lamp to the mains. It is important to mount the unit at the correct height. The second advantage of flexible mounting is that, depending on the on-site location, the distance from the ground can be variably adjusted. Light emitted from lamps installed in higher positions is distributed over a large area.  If light is instead emitted from a lamp in a lower position, a small area is illuminated intensively. Under all circumstances it is important to consider whether a private lighting system or public traffic lighting is to be installed. In the latter case, special provisions shall apply which can be discussed with the competent authority.

Street lighting and energy efficiency

Street lighting increases convenience for all road users. This is especially true during that dark and cold time of year when the sun sets in the early hours of the evening.  It is mostly dark when rush hour traffic hits the roads at the end of the working day, and many pedestrians and cyclists are also still out and about. However the amount of road users decreases significantly as night approaches. The question is now how long the traffic lighting should remain in operation. Two contradictory arguments are important here: on the one hand, pedestrians are especially appreciative of well-lit paths at night and on the other hand, the electricity required to operate the lighting system generates high costs. The best compromise can be found in a solution to this problem: the use of LED light sources. These are very bright and at the same time highly energy-efficient. Another advantage of this technology is its long service life. An average operating time of 100,000 hours is sufficient for many years of use.

Weather resistance of the street lamp

As an integral part of outdoor lighting, the street light is permanently exposed to the weather. The system must therefore have appropriate weather protection. This is usually achieved using a tight and stable outer housing. The IP classification is significant. Within this internationally commonplace classification, the first clause indicates the protection against contact and foreign bodies, and the second clause indicates the protection against water and moisture. High standards of protection are recommended, such as those offered by an IP66 street lamp.

Is every light suitable for outdoor use?

To pre-empt the question: no, not every light is suitable for outdoor use. There are two aspects to consider here. Firstly, the emitted light must be as bright as possible and evenly distributed. The main objective of lighting streets and car parks is thus fulfilled. Secondly, however, the lantern must not be blinding - this would be a major problem, especially for drivers. For these reasons, a high-quality street lamp is designed to emit bright, non-blinding light.
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