LED Tunnel Lighting Has Broad Prospects. The Overall Light Efficiency Has Obvious Advantages.

- Oct 28, 2019-

At present, the light source of tunnel illumination mainly includes high-pressure sodium lamps, fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps and the like. Among them, high-pressure sodium has high light efficiency, less ultraviolet radiation, can be ignited at any position, is shock-resistant, and has a long service life. It is widely used in tunnels, especially in tunnels outside cities such as mountains, and fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, etc. have been used in urban tunnels in recent years. A large number of applications have also been obtained in lighting. LED is a light source that has developed rapidly in recent years. Its performance indicators such as light efficiency are rapidly increasing and the price is rapidly decreasing. Therefore, in the successful application of display and landscape lighting, it has gradually been applied in directional lighting such as road lighting.


LED overall light efficiency advantage is obvious


The overall efficiency of the LED tunnel light is related to the light efficiency of the LED used. It is also related to three factors: the utilization of light energy achieved by the secondary optical design, good heat dissipation to ensure the maintenance performance of the LED output light flux and the efficiency of the LED drive circuit. . The efficiency of the above several parts is the overall luminous efficacy of the LED tunnel light.


Through the study of the LED light-emitting mechanism, it can be inferred that the radiation spectral efficiency of the LED can reach 3501m/W. Since the LED light-emitting mechanism is a cold light source, and the spectrum of the radiation is all in the visible light range, the actual efficiency is expected to be closer to the theoretical value. Even considering the limitations of the process, the actual LED efficacy is half the theoretical value. The improvement of light efficiency means the improvement of energy utilization efficiency. When the LED production process is matured, the energy-saving advantages of LED will be highlighted in comparison with the traditional tunnel illumination source.


Secondly, compared with traditional light sources, LEDs are small in size and can even be treated as point sources in many applications, which gives the luminaires a great deal of flexibility in their optical design. At the same time, in the conventional light source luminaire, the light source occlusion and absorption due to the large size of the light source does not exist in the LED luminaire.


Finally, the LED emits light only to the half space, which means that without any form of reflector, the light from the source can also be directed toward the illuminated surface. This feature determines that the LED lamp is expected to achieve more than 90% of the efficiency of the lamp. At the same time, a high optical throughput can be achieved through reasonable optical design.


The above is the possible advantages of LED for tunnel lighting in terms of overall light efficiency, but how to turn its advantages into practical application products still needs to solve many technical problems. The LED is a light source that is quite different from a conventional light source such as a high-pressure sodium lamp. For tunnel illumination, it is not possible to simply replace the existing light source with an LED, and it is not possible to simply illuminate the LED for tunnel illumination. How to integrate the various components of the LED tunnel luminaire to achieve the maximum utilization of the luminous flux of the light source, thereby maximizing the energy saving of the lighting is a challenge we face.


Tunnel lighting life


Due to the 24-hour lighting of the tunnel, 8760 hours a year, the continuous lighting for 4 years is about 35,000 hours. Due to the cumbersome replacement of the luminaires in the tunnel, the life of the tunnel luminaires is very high.


The main factors affecting the life of the luminaire are the light source and the ballast (LED is the driver), and the life of the lamp and glass is very long. Conventional light sources include fluorescent lamps, metal halide lamps, and high-pressure sodium lamps, all of which have a shorter life than ballasts, and thus often replace the lamp (bulb) to extend the overall life of the lamp. In LED luminaires, the theoretical life of LED devices is very long, and its inference life exceeds 30,000 hours. Therefore, the life of LED drivers has become a bottleneck affecting the overall life.


In the traditional light source, the electrodeless fluorescent lamp is a variant of the fluorescent lamp, and has a long service life. It is generally considered to be more than 50,000 hours, but its lighting is a high-frequency alternating current signal, and the corresponding ballast technology is complicated, so its life span is the main bottleneck.


Market application of LED tunnel lights


From the perspective of the development of the LED market and the continuous improvement of production technology, the current problem of restricting the price of LED as an illumination source will be gradually solved, and the application of LED in various lighting will be gradually popularized and deepened. According to industry analysis, the price decline of LEDs is down by half every 24 months. Therefore, with the rapid decline of LED prices, compared with traditional light sources, the advantages of LEDs are that the lamps are more efficient, easy to use, environmentally friendly, and have a long life, especially in directional lighting, including tunnel lighting. The field will be quickly promoted.


At present, LEDs are mostly used in mountain road tunnels. The application effects are different, and there are still many problems in the application, such as high light decay, high junction temperature, unreasonable lamp structure, poor illumination uniformity, driving power supply life, and uneven quality. Therefore, when designing tunnel LED lighting applications, It is necessary to strengthen system research and gradually form technical standards to ensure the feasibility of LED application in tunnel engineering.