Public lighting represents a significant share of electricity costs of European municipalities, accounting for up to 60% of their budget . Moreover, there is a high potential to increase efficiency of public lighting, as a large part of the street lighting installations are quite old and many energy efficiency actions can be implemented in the lighting sector.
The scarce quality of the lighting system entails a series of problems:
According to the EC (2013), there are more than 90 million traditional streetlights in Europe, with over 75% of the installations being older than 25 years. With more than 40% of their electricity bill used for street lighting, LGs are pushed to deploy solutions to reduce energy consumption, while improving the efficiency of lighting infrastructures and maintaining safety standards for citizens.
Barriers to the introduction of a smarter management in public lighting are difficulties related to public procurement and citizens’ acceptance. Training the procurers; educating citizens; and, putting in place demonstrations project are amongst some recommended actions that the EC considers at the core of the change in paradigm towards smart lighting.
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