Solid State Street Lighting
Leads testing of next generation lighting standards
Solid state streetlights use up to 50 percent less energy than traditional street lighting technologies. Adding control systems to these public lighting sources can add another 20 percent of energy savings potential, creating an energy savings of up to 115 average megawatts (aMW) each year for the Northwest. Until recently outdoor lighting technology has not been viable for use in the U.S. due to the distance between transformers and electricity poles. NEEA will leverage existing data to test the visual acuity and cost-effectiveness of combining LED lighting with network control systems in a few pilot locations across the Northwest.
NEEA also provides technical support to the Illuminating Engineering Society, which sets international standards for acceptable outdoor lighting illumination levels to help influence illumination standards associated with use of LEDs in solid state lighting.
NEEA hosted a one-day symposium in Seattle in March on the business case for and the future of solid state municipal streetlights (SSL) in the Northwest. The engaging symposium was an excellent opportunity for the region’s utilities and municipalities to share ideas and successes on using SSL streetlights and discussing what’s next for the region.
To view the symposium presentations, please visit Conduit.