Poor road visibility is the last thing any motorist wants to encounter when driving at expressway speeds. We aren’t just referring to the effects of fog and torrential rain, either, as anyone who uses our local expressways on the regular will say that the lack of lighting along some stretches is a problem, too.
North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) management is aware of the danger that poor lighting conditions present, and appears to be taking new steps to minimize visibility-related mishaps.
Brigher and more-energy efficient lights from Bulacan to Pampanga
Beginning February 2021, lights along the 33km stretch of NLEX from Balagtas, Bulacan, to San Fernando, Pampanga, will be replaced with brighter, more reliable, more energy-efficient, and more durable LEDs. A total of 1,300 lights are scheduled to be replaced with 20-lux LEDs capable of lasting up to 70,000 hours.
In a statement, NLEX management said these new LEDs are similar to those used along expressways abroad, and easily exceed the 12-lux requirement set by the Department of Energy.
“This move aims to standardize our lighting and provide uniform luminosity of roadway lights for the entire NLEX system—from Balintawak all the way to areas in the north,” NLEX Corporation president and general manager J. Luigi Bautista explained.
“At NLEX, we go beyond what is required by providing our motorists with adequate lighting for safer travel, as well as helping the environment by lessening our carbon footprint.”
In 2020, the company conducted similar light replacement works along the stretch from Balintawak to Tabang. The target completion date for this latest LED light replacement is March 2021.
Any other expressways out there that you find too dark to drive on?