Company News • 17.08.2009

The latest generation street lights

Test facility in Fürth demonstrates the future of street lighting with OSRAM LEDs A total of six lamps with the latest LED technology from OSRAM demonstrate street lighting of the future in Fürth near Nuremberg, Germany. The city’s traffic and energy supply company infra fürth GmbH, luminaire manufacturer Schréder and lighting manufacturer OSRAM have set up an LED test unit on the road to the airport to provide information about the diodes’ performance in street lighting. The result of this practical test will help in deciding whether to use more LED luminaires in
the Franconian town.

Light diodes, better known as LEDs (light emitting diodes) will find their way into every area of everyday life in the near future and play a significant role in lighting. Among the reasons for this are their energy efficiency and resilience. They will also provide previously unattainable light quality in street lighting and savings both in operation and maintenance. A street lighting test facility with LED technology has now been set up in Fürth. Half a dozen luminaires have been installed on the road to the airport in the town’s north and will provide an insight into the street lighting of tomorrow.

Schréder – the world market leader in outdoor lighting – has designed and constructed for Fürth’s traffic and energy supply company infra fürth GmbH six LED lamps of the P 186 type, in which OSRAM light diodes have been fitted. A total of 96 OSRAM Golden Dragon Plus LEDs with an output of 1.2 watts each are shared by two lamp sections. These have been mounted at a light spot height of eight metres.

The specific design of the LED luminaires looks different than conventional ones even during the day. At night, when the 96 individual light sources cast their brilliant white light, the difference from familiar streetlights becomes even clearer.

More brilliant light for local authorities

Even though the light yield in the test luminaires at around 75 lumens per watt corresponds to that of a conventional street light, it makes a much brighter impression. Because of the directional characteristics of LED there is less stray light than with discharge lamps. The diodes send the light through special lenses without redirecting it straight on to the ground. In addition, the white light they shed is perceived as far more luminous than normal street lights.

As LEDs can generally be used in colour versions too, they give local governments completely new options in cityscape design. Buildings, squares and streets can be lit more distinctly. With nuanced colour schemes any area of town can have its own atmosphere.

Another advantage is that LEDs have a much longer operating life than high-pressure discharge lamps. Shocks have no effect on their output or lifespan. As such, LEDs are also better protected from vandalism. For local government this means lower costs for street lighting maintenance and repair.

A project with a future

The test facility is intended to provide information about how suitable the new diode technology is for practical use in urban areas today. The systems’ temperature and efficiency readings are under constant observation. It is clear that LEDs have already attained and to some extent even exceeded the performance of conventional lamps. In a few years even more efficient systems will be feasible, whereby major energy savings can be achieved. Apart from significant savings for towns and cities the environment will also benefit from reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

infra fürth GmbH expects to gain experience from the project of the ability to utilise the technology in future as well as knowledge about operational procedures and the energy and operating costs of LED luminaires. “We’re happy that Schréder has implemented this innovative pilot project together with OSRAM in Fürth. The findings we obtain from this will certainly help us decide on further possible applications”, says Elmar Eckl, in charge of street lighting at infra fürth GmbH. “LEDs are considered the lamps of the future. As an innovative service provider it is a given that we’re going to investigate the potential of any future technologies. We also would like to share our experiences with the city of Fürth and other local authorities.”

Logo: Osram GmbH

Osram GmbH

Marcel-Breuer-Str. 6
80807 München

related articles:

popular articles:

Thumbnail-Photo: Unique atmosphere with filigree profile
11.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Unique atmosphere with filigree profile

LED profile light LD 8104

This filigree profile lends every room a special atmosphere. Experience it for yourself!Small and fine, that is the hallmark of this LED profile light. Whether as a light source in the invisible area or as part of your design in furniture or in the ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Ideal replacement for the conventional T5 fluorescent luminaire...
13.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Ideal replacement for the conventional T5 fluorescent luminaire

The surface-mounted luminaire with SMD LED in four light colours and various lengths

With the dimensions of the old T5 fluorescent luminaires, it can be used perfectly in interior design and shop fitting, but also as a classic under-cabinet luminaire in kitchens, bathrooms and home furniture. It offers the perfect illumination for ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Minimalist design and perfect illumination
12.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Minimalist design and perfect illumination

4mm wide LED strips ensure the perfect combination of light quality and design

The minimalist overall appearance of the luminaire is supported by the just 4mm wide LED strip. This is used in a recessed beam angle and thus provides glare-free light. ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Safety First: Safe data transmission at the PoS...
01.02.2020   #lighting systems #decorative lighting

Safety First: Safe data transmission at the PoS

2020 EuroShop preview

Data security is the future currency in retail. Systems for inventory control, price labelling, customer and goods flow management must meet the highest security standards.ELEKTRA, together with a software partner, has been working on this ...

Thumbnail-Photo: A POS system unlike any other – thanks to light staging...
14.10.2019   #lighting systems #decorative lighting

A POS system unlike any other – thanks to light staging

"Personalization a mega trend in lighting systems“

Light does much more than simply illuminate a space. There is a near endless number of uses for lighting concepts, especially in brick-and-mortar retail. Boris Niessing, General Manager Marketing and Sales at ELEKTRA since September 2018 talks ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Individual LED lights for shops, furniture and objects...
05.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Individual LED lights for shops, furniture and objects

Starting with quantities of 1: Configure online now!

What type of light? Which type of LED? What type of cover? Which accessories? Which lighting fits best into your shop planning?With the new online offer for the configuration of individual luminaires, ELEKTRA can now provide the answer. The solution ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Individual control of light colour and brightness...
10.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Individual control of light colour and brightness

Designed and controllable for you: LD 8004-78

Adjust this spot to your individual requirements at any time by controlling the light colour and brightness. Suitable control elements are also available from Elektra. ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Adventures in lighting
31.01.2020   #lighting systems #lighting concepts

Adventures in lighting

Light is an important factor in awakening the customer’s senses

Everyone is talking about omnichannel retailing - and that's a good thing. And we are talking about sensory experiences - and that's key. We live in digital times, and that’s why it is imperative not to tout a conflict between the ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Modern lighting management ensures the perfect atmosphere...
16.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Modern lighting management ensures the perfect atmosphere

Smart lighting solutions from ELEKTRA

Switches, sensors, radio remote controls and Bluetooth are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are now being supplemented by language assistants. ...

Thumbnail-Photo: Whether you want to electrify your shelves in the living room or at the...
09.12.2019   #led technology #led lighting

Whether you want to electrify your shelves in the living room or at the point of sale...

...with the ELEKTRA conductor systems you have unlimited possibilities.

Special products require special attention. Perfect light with ELEKTRA lighting and electrification systems is the solution. ...


Werkstraße 7
32130 Enger