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LED Pole Lights: An Investment in Crime Prevention

Darkness is one of the causes of crime as less visibility means fewer chances of identifying the crime. The FBI's annual Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program publication, the 2014 National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), provides comprehensive crime data such as time of day and type of offense. The UCR Program has over 18,000 law enforcement agencies participating and providing data voluntarily. According to the NIBRS Crimes Against person statistics, 562,104 (51.4 percent) of the 1,093,466 incidents reported in 2014 occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

LED Pole Lights are the best source to remove the darkness and to save money. These lights are available in various color temperatures: 3000k, 4000k, and 5700k. The various color temperatures make LED Pole lights highly versatile. Available in various body finishes,

 

Replacement of HID fixtures

Many cities and businesses have begun replacing traditional high-intensity discharge (HID) lights with LED bulbs, light engines, and fixtures in an effort to reduce crime and save energy. These actions have yielded results. Los Angeles started a project in 2008 to replace 215,000 lights with LED lights. According to Forbes magazine, “L.A. has already seen a reduction in crime since the project's implementation.” Between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., burglaries and vandalism have decreased by 10%.

Energy-efficient and better CRI

Aside from the potential for lower crime rates, energy savings are a major consideration for cities considering switching to LED lighting. LEDs use less than half of the energy that an HID fixture does. The fixtures emit better quality light with higher color rendering indexes (CRI) than HID fixtures, despite using less power. The color rendering index (CRI) measures how well a light source shows the true colors of objects, individuals, and their surroundings. An HID bulb's CRI will range from zero (high-pressure sodium) to around 65 (high-intensity discharge) (metal-halide). CRIs of 75 and higher is possible with LED fixtures. Colors are most accurately displayed, and visibility is increased in lights with a CRI of 80 or greater.

CRI

LED lighting often produces uniform, concentrated light that is less glaring. HID lighting makes multidirectional light that is frequently wasted in undesirable areas. LED lights appear brighter than HID lights due to their crisp color, increased visibility, and concentrated uniform beam patterns. Not only can brighter, crisper light help deter crime at night, but it can also help detect criminals and clearly view criminal activity on video or in person.

Reasons to use LED Pole Lights

LED solutions have a high lumen output, which aids visibility in areas where it is most needed. It is also a more efficient solution to save your company or area's electricity costs in terms of wattage and energy consumed. LEDs have a high color rendering index, which is beneficial for this type of lighting because poor rendering makes it more difficult for the eye to pick up colors like highway signs. They also have a higher color temperature, which allows drivers to adjust the temperature to their liking.

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