Finland: First LED Street Lighting

The Levi ski resort in Finland will become the first district in the country to install LED street lighting, according to an OSRAM press release. A total of 3,840 LEDs and oval lenses, supplied by OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, will be installed in 64 lamps providing “a pleasant light with exceptional efficiency.”

First: “exceptional efficiency.” “This street lighting system fits perfectly with the concept of energy savings,” writes OSRAM. “The local authority is investing heavily in its regional infrastructure, placing great emphasis on innovation and sustainability.”

The system will provide pleasant, efficient light in all weathers for roads, sidewalks, and parking lots in residential areas with normal traffic volumes. Even freezing winter temperatures of -35°C have no effect on the operation of the highly resilient LED lights. The futuristic LED street lamps consume just 41 W. This greatly reduces energy costs for the local authority and, together with their minimal maintenance requirements, leads to an amortization period of just 4.5 years.

Second: “pleasant light.” With a color temperature of 5600 K, the LED lamps provide natural light that residents find very pleasant. “We were particularly persuaded by the excellent color rendering, the vibration resistance of the light sources and the freedom create any luminaire designs thanks to the small size of the LEDs”, said Mika Nummenpalo, product development director at EasyLed.

“The stability of the luminous flux and the ideal distribution of light with no scatter — and therefore no light pollution — were key factors in the decision to install LEDs,” added a lighting designer at Lite-Design. “Thanks to sophisticated thermal management we were able to give the luminaires a modern low-profile design as requested by the local authority.”

[Photo: EasyLed]

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