Category Archives: light


Get the Facts: LED Street Lighting


The American Medical Association’s (AMA) recently adopted community guidance on street lighting adds another influential voice to issues that have been discussed in the lighting community for some time now, regarding light at night, its potential impacts on human health and the environment, and how best to minimize those impacts. While...


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How do the Streetlights Turn on Automatically at Night?


On the Flintstones, a small bird sits inside the light and turns it on every night before he goes to bed. In a modern streetlight, a small circuit replaces the bird and turns the light on when the amount of light falls below a certain threshold. A common light-sensing...


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How Does a Street Light Work?


Photocells detect if light is needed. Photocells are light-sensitive sensors that respond to the amount of light detected. When the light is too low, such as at dusk or under heavy overcast skies, the sensor tells the computing unit within the streetlight to activate the flow of electricity. When...


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How LED Streetlights Work


Amidst all the hubbub about tackling global warming and cultivating green energy, one subject receives little coverage: streetlights. While an important public service, streetlights are expensive to maintain and taken together, suck down a lot of energy. So when a city like Los Angeles announces that it’s converting 140,000...


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Adding Street Lighting for Atmosphere or Safety


The purpose of street lighting is to assist drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in finding their way in the dark. Many neighborhood groups believe that extra illumination helps prevent crime, and business district lighting also may help create a pleasant environment. If your city government or community group is thinking of adding...


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Get the Facts: LED Street Lighting


The American Medical Association’s (AMA) recently adopted community guidance on street lighting adds another influential voice to issues that have been discussed in the lighting community for some time now, regarding light at night, its potential impacts on human health and the environment, and how best to minimize those impacts. While...


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Giving Definition


Whether you call this field “architectural lighting design” or “lighting design,” lighting is about creating a sense of place and atmosphere using light as the main medium of expression.   Some professions are easier to explain than others. Take medicine, law, or architecture. Most people have a sense about what...


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10 Reasons Why LED Lights Are Good For The Environment


It was not until recently that the people have started thinking about environmental conservation. Today, many people have developed awareness about the seriousness of this matter and are consciously trying to protect the environment by changing their choices and priorities. While there can be many ways to help protect...


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8 Advantages of LED Lighting


Learn why it makes sense to say goodbye to fluorescent, halogen and other technologies. LEDs have swept the conventional lighting marketplace for a variety of reasons, most notably their extended lifespans, reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance requirements. By 2030, the DOE estimates that LED lighting could save 190 terawatt hours...


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Learn About LED Lighting


The Basics of LED Lighting What are LEDs and how do they work? LED stands for light emitting diode. LED lighting products produce light approximately 90% more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs. How do they work? An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call...


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