Our road networks are improving all the time, with works ranging from repairs and resurfacing to new links and major development schemes. Public lighting is often a secondary consideration, however — installed at the end of these works or even years later. So, how do you make roads safe at night without digging up and defacing the nice smooth surfaces? We give you a few tips (don’t try these at home!).
Public lighting for safer roads
Tips for lighting a road
There are various ways you can light your journeys at night. Maybe you’re familiar with them? A fleet of drones that follow your progress. Chinese lanterns. Super-bright car headlights. And the best way of all: the flashlight on your iPhone!
In reality, lighting a road is actually much simpler. You don’t need a Hollywood special effects crew to install streetlights along a highway. But if they’re powered by the grid, you will have to dig trenches, lay cables, put in fuseboxes and perform regular maintenance. So, if you want to avoid a lot of work, legacy technology probably isn’t the best way forward.
There must be a better way! It’s a bit hush-hush, so keep this under your hat. But there’s always solar lighting. Interested?
Keeping it simple
A pole, powerful battery, solar panel and LED fixture — that’s all you need to enjoy uninterrupted lighting 365 nights a year. It’s as simple as that. Where grid-tied streetlights take months to install, solar technology is up and running in just hours. Plus, you can say “adios” to electricity bills. Want some real-life examples? Read on!
More than words
Bringing light to the four corners of the world
Here are a few key road lighting projects we’ve delivered:
- A 20 km stretch of road in the Kuwaiti desert, where temperatures average 47°C
- The Alto Magdalena highway and Viaducto de la Paz bridge in Colombia
- A motorway junction in Calais (a part of France where there’s not a lot of sunshine!)
- A 100 km highway project in Sierra Leone
- Several busy highways in Senegal, part of the world’s largest ever lighting project
Convinced? When it comes to your next highway lighting project, talk to us first!