Roadway lighting plays a crucial role in keeping both drivers and pedestrians safe. Although there's a lot of variations in traffic levels, even roads with low volumes can have safety issues if they are poorly lit.
Using LED or solar lighting can greatly improve visibility on unmanaged intersections, suburban streets, cycleways, and other applications. Vehicles often move at high speeds, especially on freeways so lighting must be set up to meet the required standard that is consistent with the application. This will suit the circumstance and will help to minimise the number of incidents.
When installing new lights, you need to be mindful of the brightness and uniformity requirements within the category to achieve the required target values for horizontal illuminance. Specific heights and wattages are specified for the lights to mitigate glare. The spacing of lights and poles is also critical to achieving the mandatory lux levels on the road surface. Luminaires also need to be manufactured to specific standards to withstand prevalent weather conditions and operational requirements when visibility is low.
Good Lighting Helps to Prevent night-time collisions
Roadway lighting has proven to reduce the number of collisions on roads and freeways so it has become a big focus in recent years of Road Authorities and Local Governments to upgrade existing lighting to meet Australian standards. There are many locations that have old technology lighting which is expensive to maintain and not meeting the required lux levels. A lot of incentive programs are being rolled out nationwide to replace the Metal Halide and High-Pressure Sodium type lights with more efficient LEDs.
Safety for pedestrians
Safety for pedestrians is a big consideration, especially in highly urbanised areas where there is significant nighttime activity. Therefore, sufficient lighting around pedestrian accessways is essential to mitigate incidents involving people and vehicles. Pedestrian Crossings have very strict guidelines under AS1158.3 of which lighting is a big component. There are very detailed criteria to meet with both vertical and horizontal illuminance and a specific colour temperature is used to help motorists identify a crossing point as they approach it.
Whether you need advice on the correct lighting to be used on specific road categories or looking at solutions to minimise maintenance and power costs, Vizona can help you through the process to ensure you make the right choice and maximise your investment. Vizona offers only lights that are SAA-approved and laboratory tested which are suited to Australian conditions. Please speak to our qualified team about your specific lighting requirements of send a message via our website.
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