Category Archives: Street Lights


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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A Visual History of Street Lighting from the 19th and 20th Centuries


Street Lighting is a critical component of any urban landscape providing illumination for circulation, ambiance, and security in outdoor environments. And while LEDs have become the gold standard for new street lighting technology, cities around the world once relied on gas, carbon arc, and incandescent lamps to light their...


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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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History of Street Lighting


Lack of natural light during nighttime in the urban environment was always a problem. From basic inconvenience that people cannot see where they are going to the greater chance of being attacked or mugged during the night. Because the problem was there since humans started living together, history of...


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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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Top 10 Benefits of Having Substantial Lights in Public Areas


There are many activities involved in creating lively, safe and sustainable spaces in the city. Just like pavements, good roads, accessible amenities are part of public spaces so too is lighting. It is one of the primary aspects of urban planning. Over the course of the last few decades,...


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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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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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