LEDs to strengthen grip on street lighting sales
The report entitled ‘Smart Street Lighting’ syas that although LED street lights appear to be on track for a nearly complete takeover of the market, the adoption of networked control systems for street lights has followed a somewhat slower path. One critical challenge for the networked control industry, according to the report, is a lack of standardization and the large number of diverse players competing in this space. Questions remain over the best networking technology for street light control – power line or radio frequency, and mesh or point-to-multipoint.
“The increase in sales of LED street lights has been surprisingly swift, with some companies reporting that more than half their sales are LEDs and others already planning to discontinue their non-LED product lines,” explained Jesse Foote, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “At the same time, a rising number of cities are deploying networked control systems along with their new LED street lights, and the range of features available from those systems is expanding.”
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