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Low-energy Lighting Project Is Streets Ahead

Technology that first appeared in digital watches and calculators back in the 1970s is being used to develop durable and community-friendly low energy street lighting. Researchers at The University of Manchester have joined forces with Dialight Lumidrives – founded by a successful former student – to develop powerful low-cost LED lighting modules that can be used in buildings and on roads.

Lighting solutions that use LEDs have the potential to reduce energy consumption by between 25 and 50 per cent, depending on the application. But thermal and electrical issues at lighting levels of 12,000 lumens and above – a typical 60w household light bulb produces about 800 lumens – are barriers to the wider adoption of LED technology.


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