Lighting is one of the most essential electrical infrastructures in a city and is one of the most demanding in terms of high energy consumption and resource expenditure.
As a result, it is clear why smart LED lighting has emerged as one of the key role players in smart cities and IoT. Significant benefits become available to everyone from government and city planners, right down to the consumer and the proverbial 'man on the street'.
Here's a list of the top three benefits of smart lighting, demonstrating why it is one of the most important and essential electrical infrastructures in a city and a major catalyst for the rapid development of smart cities worldwide.
1. Enhance security - reduce crime and increase public safety
A major control study in New York City has demonstrated that lighting cut night-time crime by 39 per cent.
Crime reduction is of great concern to everyone. By deploying smart street lighting systems, there is a measurable benefit for improved public safety. Street lights help create a network canopy, allowing more data to be utilised to improve public safety for smarter and more widespread public surveillance.
For homeowners, smart lighting enables lights to behave as though there was someone at home. With smart lighting, users can change colour or brightness in every room and even control them from a smartphone from anywhere in the world.
2. Reduce maintenance cost
Thanks to smart lighting units and intelligent management systems to control them, cities benefit from lowered energy consumption, bringing economic and environmental benefits.
Smart lighting management systems offer real-time diagnostics, reducing maintenance costs and consumption, meaning lighting becomes more efficient.
3. Improve energy efficiency
It is clear to city planners and civil authorities that traditional lighting sources need to upgrade to smart LED lighting to meet modern populations' demands. With IoT connectivity, smart lighting collects, monitors, and sends real-time usage data so civil authorities and city planners can better utilise actionable data to improve lighting infrastructure.
It's estimated that switching to smart LED lighting could save 40% of total lighting energy. Improving energy efficiency at this level would significantly affect our environment and save a great deal of money in cities budgets that could be appropriated to other projects to improve urban areas.
As cities look at transforming into smart cities, we'll see a higher uptake of smart LED lighting to lower energy consumption and create more sustainable cities.
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