Date Approved

1-31-2005

Embargo Period

4-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering

Department

Electrical & Computer Engineering

College

Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

First Advisor

Jansson, Peter Mark

Subject(s)

Electric lighting--Design; Electric lighting--History

Disciplines

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Abstract

This thesis begins with a brief historical account of high intensity discharge (HID) lighting. It begins in the seventeenth century and concludes with the modem high pressure sodium (HPS) lamp, which has become the most widespread HID lighting source due to its high efficacy (Lumens/Watt) and acceptable color rendition. Following a more in-depth discussion on the HPS lamp, a means of estimating the arc tube voltage of an HPS lamp from the confines of a photocontrol is introduced. This technique is implemented as part of a 'smart' photocontrol data acquisition unit that functions as part of a proposed practical asset management system that has the capability to provide the lamp life data stored in the photocontrol to utility companies through wireless communication. The monetary and physical advantages of this system are discussed along with the accomplishments associated with this thesis and recommendations for future work to help bring this concept to fruition.

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