For Better Street Lighting, Let LED Lead the Way

Better Street LightingFools rush in. While that could be said of lovers and testosterone-filled men, it holds water when you’re driving at night in London’s streets. Many drivers who, in the grand spirit of adventure, floored the gas even in dimly-lit alleys realised too late that they could be staring death in the face.

In light of all the street accidents piling up, one light has shown the way better than most: LED.

Driving Blind

There’s just no playing in the streets of London. Motorists that think the road is one fashion show to showcase their driving skills would do well to rethink their strategies.

Government statistics on road accidents draw up a chilling tale of human lives lost. In just a span of 12 years leading to 2011, police records show over three million road casualties in Great Britain, BBC reports. That number alone is enough to raise the alarms to the highest level in less-populated regions.

Worse, these figures are rough estimations and may not even reflect the actual number of people killed and injured. Most reliable numbers reveal there could be over 730,000 casualties each year – sucking over £15bn to £32bn of the annual economy.

Despite traffic reduced by 60%, a whopping 40% of all fatal car accidents happen at night. The Automobile Association details street lights play a central role. Driving without them has diminished accidents less.

LED Leading the Way

Because of their efficiency LED street lighting, says Modern Neon, is transforming cityscapes the world over. Many cities worldwide have made the switch, ditching halogen lamps and all other alternatives in the process (e.g., CFL, fluorescent, sodium).

Today, many UK city councils are heeding the wisdom and also following suit.

The biggest advantage LED lighting has is its ability to provide a clearer and more illuminated vision – far superior than traditional street lighting. This is due mainly to the bright white light of LED bulbs.

Further, LED street lighting systems worldwide reduce energy consumption by over $160 billion –   not to mention cut millions of tons of environmentally-harmful CO2 emissions.

Frankly, when it comes to street lighting, LED is tops.