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Road Lighting

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27851-8_142-14

Synonyms

Definition

Road lighting is the application of illumination systems along roadways, primarily for the purpose of improving safety by increasing visibility of roadside hazards and by reducing the effects of glare from other light sources in the visual environment, such as vehicle headlamps.

Introduction

Road lighting systems are an important part of the highway safety infrastructure across the world. Two important purposes of road lighting are to allow drivers to see the roadway further ahead than their own vehicle’s headlamps allow and to reduce glare from other vehicles’ headlamps [1]. Indeed, road lighting is generally associated with reduced nighttime crash rates [2, 3], and the presence of illumination that results in increased luminances of potential road hazards can reduce the impact veiling luminances produced by bright sources of light in the driver’s field of view. In the present article, existing...

Keywords

Fluorescent Lamp Metal Halide Road Lighting Light Pollution Metal Halide Lamp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lighting Research CenterRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA