Japan: LEDs to Light Entire Neighborhood

A new residential neighborhoood currently in the process of construction will boast a completely LED-sustained outdoor environment upon its completion, according to a detailed series of articles on the Nikkei Tech-On website. The development, in Azabu no Oka, Japan, is being built by Toyota Smile Life, Inc. and has been dubbed Toyota “LED Town.”  

By installing the LED lights in the development, designers plan to illuminate public areas like streets, sidewalks, parks, and bridges, as well as private areas such as the gate, porch, and walls of each house. Upon completion, LED lights in the residential development will total nearly 1000.

Plans are for 204 houses to be built, more than 20 of which have been completed. Each house is equipped with four to five LED exterior lamps lighting roads and pathways in addition to its exterior walls. Additionally, LED street lamps will be installed at the intersections of main roads inside the subdivision. The project is expected to take four years to complete.

The LED fixtures are being supplied by Japan Outdoor Lighting, and each light incorporates white LED modules manufactured by Toyoda Gosei (also part of the Toyota group). About five types of LED modules were used to make the LED lights, according to Japan Outdoor Lighting.

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