Driven by the promise of significant energy and maintenance savings provided by Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, many cities are struggling with effectively implementing LED’s in their street lighting. There still remains much confusion and misinformation pertaining to this technology. Furthermore much of the available literature is written in highly scientific jargon targeting an academic audience.
While the potential exists for additional energy savings from the control systems offered by several manufacturers, there is currently no industry standard communication protocol for these systems. Consequently the street lighting control systems on the market today are proprietary and most municipalities have been reluctant to risk standardizing on any of these systems . Also, these systems currently add an additional level of complexity and cost to the street lighting system. Because of these critical issues, we have not yet seen widespread adoption of these systems in the market and therefore controls/monitoring systems are not included in this guide. .