Ecologically Friendly Smart Lighting
2022 Edison Bronze Award Winner in the Critical Human Infrastructure Category
Annually in South Central Taiwan, normally during the mating season, millions of what are referred to as ‘pedicel’ ants appear. In recent years, climate change and increased urbanization have caused these flying ants to swarm in greater numbers. These swarms are attracted to traditional LED lighting, and in addition to causing a public nuisance, the mating behaviors of this species are disrupted.
Ecology professor Chung-Chi Lin, from National Changhua University of Education, studied this behavior as it relates to lighting and working in conjunction with LEOTEK, developed a luminaire to address these issues.
LEOTEK’s Ecological Conservation Smart Lighting luminaire incorporates an “optical filter front mask” which eases the disruption of the ants’ mating behaviors. The patented mask, which is produced using an exclusive dye technology, can effectively filter out the blue spectrum that attracts the ants, while continuing to maintain high lumen output and reduced energy consumption equivalent to conventional LED streetlights. The result is a far safer, more ecologically balanced environment. View the Edison Awards Winners