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Modelling of the effects of luminaire installation geometries and other factors on road illumination system photometric parameters and energy efficiency

Sourin Bhattacharya (Transport Department, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata, India)
Sanjib Majumder (Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India)
Subarna Roy (Department of Applied Physics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India)

World Journal of Engineering

ISSN: 1708-5284

Article publication date: 5 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Properly planned road illumination systems are collectively a public wealth and the commissioning of such systems may require extensive planning, simulation and testing. The purpose of this simulative work is to offer a simple approach to facilitate luminance-based road lighting calculations that can be easier to comprehend and apply to practical designing problems when compared to complex multi-objective algorithms and other convoluted simulative techniques.

Design/methodology/approach

Road illumination systems were photometrically simulated with a created model in a validated software platform for specified system design configurations involving high-pressure sodium (HPS) and light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires. Multiple regression analyses were conducted with the simulatively obtained data set to propound a linear model of estimating average luminance, overall uniformity of luminance and energy efficiency of lighting installations, and the simulatively obtained data set was used to explore luminaire power–road surface average luminance characteristics for common geometric design configurations involving HPS and LED luminaires, and four categories of road surfaces.

Findings

The six linear equations of the propounded linear model were found to be well-fitted with their corresponding observation sets. Moreover, it was found that the luminaire power–road surface average luminance characteristics were well-fitted with linear trendlines and the increment in road surface average luminance level per watt increment of luminaire power was marginally higher for LEDs.

Originality/value

This neoteric approach of estimating road surface luminance parameters and energy efficiency of lighting installations, and the compendia of luminaire power–road surface average luminance characteristics offer new insights that can prove to be very useful for practical purposes.

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Citation

Bhattacharya, S., Majumder, S. and Roy, S. (2023), "Modelling of the effects of luminaire installation geometries and other factors on road illumination system photometric parameters and energy efficiency", World Journal of Engineering, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJE-09-2022-0372

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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