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Street lights voltages #198898 02/07/11 03:27 PM
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zng Offline OP
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I need to find out what are the most common voltage levels used in street and public lighting for the below lamp's types. Better if percentages of use are provided.
M.V: Mercury Vapor
H.P.S.V: High Pressure Sodium Vapor
M.H: Metallic Hallogenous ?

I have seen specs for 120,220,208,277 and 480VAC, which ones are the most popular?
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198899 02/07/11 03:30 PM
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The voltages you reference are all common for street and site lighting projects. "Available" voltage is the key to picking a fixture.

MH is 'Metal halide'

Re: Street lights voltages [Re: HotLine1] #198909 02/07/11 07:12 PM
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PAteenlectrician Offline
Welcome to the forums!
My area ia HPS @ 120 volts. (MORE LIKE 130!)

Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198917 02/07/11 08:52 PM
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120 with HPS or MV here in Virginia.


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Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198925 02/07/11 10:00 PM
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BTW, local POCO (PSE&G) is replacing the MH street lights with new induction fixtures. 150 watt induction replacement for 400 & 250 watt MH.

Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198927 02/07/11 10:09 PM
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I hate to say this .. but if you have to ask - stay away from street lights!

I say this because many streetlights are wires like airport runway lights, with a unique transformer and wiring arrangement; the usual 'volts and amps' rules don't really apply.

Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198941 02/08/11 10:16 AM
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ghost307 Offline
I agree with yourself.

I've seen so many oddball voltages with streetlighting that it falls into the category of "if you have to ask, don't do it."

They can be run with anything from 120V on up. The last set of runway lights that I ran across were 2300V.

Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198947 02/08/11 04:02 PM
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zng Offline OP
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Thank you all. I have a product that works at 230/240VAC and i need to know if 277VAC is very popular or 480 or 120 then ask the engineering team in Europe to modify the product. For what I have seen in other places seems that 277 is common as well as 120. not sure about 480.

Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198949 02/08/11 04:31 PM
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gfretwell Offline
I think it depends on what is handy on the pole. Lights around residential areas seems to be 120, simply tapped off of a convenient secondary.

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Re: Street lights voltages [Re: zng] #198950 02/08/11 06:14 PM
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Tesla Offline
I can't speak to public street lights...

But I've put up a fair number of parking lot lights.

480, 277 and 208 are by far the most popular voltages used in a commercial setting.

CWA are common as dust. Many are multi-tap so as to handle even 240 and 120. ( Constant Wattage Autoformers )

Public street lights involve much greater distances and may use medium voltages for distribution for that reason. Further, tapping transformers may be SERIES WIRED across the medium voltage circuit -- which then tends to be a RING CIRCUIT.

The above approach is used for runway landing lights. It assures pilots that each and every light -- regardless of location -- taps the exact same amount of medium voltage energy. ( Typically 5,000 VAC )

[ Imagine a stack of Current Transformers all on one 5,000 V conductor. Each would have the same draw/ amperage and voltage imposed because they'd all experience the same field intensity. That's how runways are illuminated.]

Conventional circuits end up faking out the pilots depth perception because they'd have different luminosities based upon how far they were from the distribution node.

Last edited by Tesla; 02/08/11 06:19 PM.

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