The move to LED street lighting is one that most councils across the world are considering.
Street lamps and lighting are a major drain on resources, and lighting in general accounts for around 6% of global greenhouse emissions.
The move to LED street lighting is one that most councils across the world are now taking part in, but a Danish industrial park in Copenhagen is taking the change one step further.
As citizens pass through the area, they’re taking part in a huge experiment to work out how the cities should be lit in the future.
To test all the options Copenhagen is setting up DOLL - the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab - in a local suburb called Albertslund, which will be open to the general public in late September.
Engineers will have the freedom to choose different products to test in their specific environment so they can decide on the best smart lighting to become carbon-neutral by 2025.
The street lamps are to be installed along 9 kilometres of road, covering about 1.5 square kilometres in total. So far, 25 companies have reserved space for their products in allotments of 300 metres square. Every lamp will have an assigned IP address so they can be monitored remotely. The smart part of the lighting they want to see is that the lamps will dim when sunny and brighten at night when people pass by, and automatically alert the council when something isn’t working.
There are similar technologies being developed for commercial office spaces and buildings to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse emissions - simply it's smart lighting that can control itself.
Functions include sensors that can track traffic density, air quality, noise, weather conditions and UV radiation, all designed to measure the lights performance and ultimately make the biggest difference in lowering costs and emissions.
We recently published an article on the switch to LED street lights in Los Angeles. They made a commitment to replacing all street lamps with LEDs, the largest such undertaking in the world so far.
In the future, DOLL hopes to incorporate other types of smart city services into their living lab.
“Really smart street light systems are going to be much more about the sensors the street lights have, than the LEDs that happen to be in them. The technology is getting very mature very quickly”, says Robert Karlicek, Director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Reseach Centre in New York.
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