This video of LED lighting in Hickory, NC is an excellent example of why this solution is growing in popular.
When you’re used to the dim yellow lighting emitted by fluorescent and halogen bulbs it can feel like it’s okay because it gets the job done. It isn’t until you see and experience truly good lighting that you wonder how you ever lived without it. The difference looks like day and night, literally!
You can see the incredible transformation in downtown Hickory, a small town in North Carolina located between Charlotte and Asheville at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This quaint town had been using dated bulbs for years, not giving a great deal of thought to its yellow tinted roads and sidewalks. Until they eventually realized it was time for a switch. The video shows how the new LED lighting in Hickory is noticeably better along with some financial reasons why it was a very smart decision.
Low voltage lighting has actually been around for over 50 years. Originally, it started in landscaping, but soon moved inside homes and businesses to provide recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, and various other applications where the smaller filament, reduced bulb size and lower heat loads provided a more safe and energy efficient approach to lighting.
A PoE (Power over Ethernet) is an alternative method for lighting. It is a completely low voltage system. A PoE system can carry data as well as the power all the way to the light bulb. This data transport feature, provides a means of monitoring and controlling each individual bulb. With the right type of LED fixture, the colors of individual lights can be changed on demand using a controller or software platform via the internet from anywhere that an internet connection is available.