The ports of Long Beach are looking to upgrade to LEP lighting for better vision and to help the light pollution in the surrounding communities. Currently, LED lighting has been the majority of the lighting at the ports. But, the problems with LED's is that they are not bright enough for the work being done. This has caused light pollution in the surrounding areas. Light pollution has become a growing concern around the world because it has negative effects on both the environment and on the circadian rhythm of humans.
Port operators and Southern California hope that using the new light technology will redirect the light to where it is needed and cut energy consumption in half. "LEDs lose their effectiveness the further they are away from the area that needs lighting, which is an issue at the ports, where light poles have to be as high as 140 feet to illuminate the pathways between stacks of containers." LEP lighting will drastically cut down on light pollution in the surrounding area and keep residents happy. For an extra cost, the light fixtures can be fitted with a wireless transmitter that allows port operators to dim lights during off hours to a sixth of their full power. This would save even more energy at the ports. But, only trial and error will truly tell if LEP is the industrial. lighting of the future.
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