Summary of LED Street Lighting Best Practices

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Transforming old technology street lighting to energy-efficient LED fixtures is catching on in cities around the world due to the possibilities of cost savings, enhanced safety and green potential. A pilot project recently completed in Indonesia proves that despite challenges like high up-front cost, political issues and lack of local technical knowledge, LED technology can provide significant benefits to an entire population. getAbstract recommends this Asian Development Bank report to people interested in learning more about how LEDs are lighting up cities around the world and about the future of green lighting in affluent and developing countries alike.

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The Asian Development Bank sponsored this report prepared by team leader Thomas K. Dreessen and international lighting expert My Ton under the technical assistance grants that helped finance the Pilot LED Project.



Lighting streets and public areas is critical but can be expensive.

Proper city and roadway lighting cuts down on crime, enhances human and transportation safety, enables longer working hours in commercial areas, and adds ambiance to popular venues. High-quality LED lights offer significant energy savings over older technology fixtures, although LED lighting is generally more costly to install than older types of lighting.

Most urban lighting systems in Indonesia are inefficient and poorly maintained. 

Past practices in Indonesia involved installing lights with the lowest up-front cost, even if it meant using older, less-efficient technology. The life-cycle cost of the fixtures and long-term energy savings were rarely taken into consideration by municipalities. Indonesia employs national standards for the design and installation of streetlights, but those standards don’t cover specifications for performance and energy usage.

Newer LED technology lamps don’t require “warm-up” periods, they don’t produce ultraviolet light – which attracts bugs – and they contain no mercury or other toxic chemicals...

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