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Kimura M.,NEXCO Engineering Shikoku | Kimura M.,Ehime University | Hirakawa S.,NEXCO West | Uchino H.,NEXCO Engineering Shikoku | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Light and Visual Environment | Year: 2014

The authors propose a new method for tunnel illumination using LED lights. The luminous characteristics of tunnel lighting employing LED luminaires were measured in the Shiratori tunnel on the Japanese expressway. The results show that this method achieves over 0.9 of luminance uniformity. Moreover, the visual impression evaluation that was conducted using 29 subjects, shows that roads with over 0.9 luminance uniformity and luminance of 2.3 cd/m2, have equivalent or better visibility than roads with low uniformity and luminance of 3.5 cd/m2. This result suggests that the High Luminance Uniformity Method which we propose could save up to 20% of the energy used for illumination and improve safety due to higher visibility. © 2014, The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan. All rights reserved.

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