Los Angeles streetlights first in the world to be fully interconnected

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9 April 2015

NEW YORK: Los Angeles will become the first city in the world to control its low carbon LED (light-emitting diode) streetlights with a mobile, wireless technology.

Philips, a member of The Climate Group, has just announced it will connect 110,000 lights in the city (44% of the total) through a remote lighting management tool able to immediately report faults to a central hub, drastically reducing commissioning time.

Los Angeles in California has more LED street lights than any other city in the US, totaling about 7,500 centerline miles.

“This is a great example of expanding the capabilities of the existing LED street lighting in Los Angeles,” Dr Peter Curley, Technologist, The Climate Group underlines. “The addition of such remote lighting controls provides the LA city managers with a breadth of options for adaptive city lighting as well as the prospect for additional significant energy savings.

“What also makes this news particularly exciting is that it’s an example of adding lighting control options on to an already existing large-scale LED street lighting installation.”

A mobile chip technology embedded into each light will help to manage and control the streetlights through a common web browser. The system is also able to report how much energy each light is consuming, with the possibility of creating real-time maps to manage the city’s energy consumption.

Peter Curley adds: “This development serves to highlight one of the LED adoption options for cities; to explore installing energy efficient LED street lighting as a complete system with remote controls or, where budgets might be limited, to initially roll out LEDs but with future proof components to allow such controls to be considered at a later date.”

Amy Huntington, president of Philips Lighting Americas said in a press statement: “Not only does better lighting management support the city’s energy efficiency initiatives, but it has a beneficial effect on the streetscape, contributing to more vibrant and engaged communities.”

LED technology can cut CO2 emissions by 50-70%, while also reducing costs, enhancing public safety, minimizing light pollution and making public spaces friendlier at night.

The Climate Group has implemented a LED scale-up program to share the success stories from the cities that have adopted this technology. The program helps policymakers and city managers to grasp such opportunities by identifying the technical, financial and social barriers for the implementation of LEDs.

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