Increasing Street lighting efficiency

Effect of line voltage increase on street lighting
By: Dr. Eng Mohamed H. Helal

Saving street lighting energy become simple and secure, a saving average of 25% to 60 % can be easy achieved while keeping lighting task within standard limits! Some basic information’s need to be reviewed 1) The total consumed power of a 250Watt High Pressure Sodium lamps circuit ( Lamp + Ballast is 290Watt when the line voltage is 220Volt ( lamp voltage is 100 ~ 110V Lamp power is 250 Watt ballast is 40 W ) 2) The total power consumed of same circuit will be 325Watt when line voltage is 230Volt ( lamp voltage will be 115 ~ 120 Volt Lamp power = 283W, ballast 42 W) 3) The consumed power will reach 360Watt when line voltage is 240 Volt ( Lamp Voltage is 120 ~ 125 Volt while lamp power is 315 Watts and ballast 45 Watt ) 4) Sodium Lamps are designed to work at 100Volt + 6% and – 8 % when lamp voltage is increased because of line voltage , lamp voltage will be increased too then lamp power will be up more than permitted limits effecting lamp lumen depreciation and service life become dramatically shorter .. 5) A case study using 250Watt HPS lamp with magnetic ballast at constant voltage 220Volt then run for 12 hours , then next day increase the line voltage to 230 Volt and run for 12 hours third day increase the line voltage to 240 Volt and run for 12 hours then compare was made , the reason for doing this study is to determine the effect of line voltage increasing on street lighting and to calculate the relative consumption. The electronic programmable ballast was programmed to work 2 hours at full power then 4 hours at 90% power then 4 hours at 75% power then go down to 65% power till the power is turned off . The measured data was as following:

RED = Magnetic Ballast

Green = Electronic Dimmable Ballast

According to this program and at fixed voltage of 220V the electronic dimmable ballast will save 24% from the billing energy for the customer while for the distribution company will save 12 ~ 15 % more in form of Power factor improvement as electronic ballast is 99.9 % compare to 90% for the magnetic and the Harmonics are reduced to 5% for the electronic compare to 30% for the magnetic due to the use of capacitor that will distort the wave and increase the harmonics . Another great benefit is the starting current that will be down to 0.3 Ampere compare to 3,2 Ampere when using the magnetic ballast .. When voltage is increased to 230 Volt the savings will be increased as well:

There is an average of 9% increasing in the magnetic circuit consumption when the line voltage was increased by 10 Volts (4.5 % of the line voltage (220 Volt) According to standards line voltage can be increased by 10% (220 + 10% = 242 Volts ) When apply 240 Volts to magnetic ballast circuit the following data was obtained:

The 250 Watt lamp circuit started to consume 360 Watts when line voltage is only 240 Volt , street lighting voltage is usually much higher than these limits ( 245 ~ 255V at late night time ) This phenomena will cause great damage as well as large energy consumption that is estimated to be 24% from the circuit constant designed voltage ( 220 V )

290 Watt x 1.24 = 360
Conclusion: Increasing of line voltage for a High Pressure Sodium Lamps that uses magnetic ballast will increase the consumed power by and average of 1% for each increased 1 Volt from designed Voltage . Use of electronic constant power electronic ballast with AVR (Automatic Voltage Regulated) facility will save up to 39% from direct billing while will give other benefits that can be measured as 15 % more energy saving while increasing lamp service life and improving lamp lumen depreciation and service life ..
For more information’s contact Dr. Mohamed H. Helal ..

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