An Unusual and Challenging Project
Most of our flying is during the day, with clear skies in the late mornings or early afternoons, in order to get the best lighting possible. Every once in awhile, however, we need to fly at night. These night missions are much more technical, as the lighting is usually very extreme (very light and very dark with little in-between) and finding the project sites becomes a bit more challenging. Mapping the before and after photos of an municipal LED lighting retrofit was one of our more unique and memorable aerial photo missions.
The City of Temecula, California, is just one of eleven jurisdictions participating in the WRCOG Regional Streetlight Program, which will retrofit street lighting to energy efficient LED fixtures, saving the jurisdictions tens of millions of dollars in lower energy usage and reduced maintenance costs. Another benefit to new LED fixtures is how it redirects the light to the streets and away from the skies, reducing light pollution, which affects human health, wildlife behavior, and has become a global issue.