LED Street Lighting

DSTAR has identified a need to address the challenges faced by utilities in assessing available test data and characteristics of LED street lighting systems relative to deployment specific conditions. There is a significant amount of lighting testing performed by vendors, utilities and independent laboratories. However the metrics, test methods and approaches are sometimes difficult to use for comparative analysis, and often application specific creating difficulty in determining suitability for other applications. Further, most available LED lighting data does not address the life cycle costs associated with the transition to LED street lighting which is a key component of the decision making process along with assessment of the technical suitability.

As the range of potential products of interest is large, the analysis will focus on sodium replacement applications. The intention will be to develop and use processes that are repeatable and easily adapted for use in analyzing a broader range of products of interest to DSTAR members in the future. The proposed services will be approached as two phases:

Phase 1 - LED Lighting Lifecycle Cost Analysis.
This phase will focus on a methodology and calculation tool to assess lifecycle costs associated with LED street lighting installations.

Phase 2 - LED Lighting Technical Metrics Analysis and Recommendations for Product Selection
This phase will focus on the technical metrics of the lighting products – adequacy of available data, consistency issues in the how the data are generated, and how to specify and use vendor data in assessing suitability of products for specific deployment applications.

The current project is scoped to address activities described under phase 1.

Tagged: P7-15, P15, Equipment Testing/Evaluation, DER Impact, Engineering Guidelines, Engineering Analysis Software, Operational Efficiency, Industry Perspectives / White Papers, System Protection