Driving along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) at night will soon be easier, and not to mention, safer. The management of NLEX will be upgrading over 1,300 roadway lights along the stretch of the expressway to improve motorist safety and driving experience.

Starting February 2021, road lights along the 33-kilometer stretch from Balagtas, Bulacan to San Fernando City, Pampanga, will be upgraded to new LED units. According to NLEX management, the new LED lights are brighter than before with 20 Lux brightness levels. They are also more durable and can last an average of up 70,000 operating hours. Despite being LEDs, they can also work in various ranges of temperatures and weather conditions.

The NLEX Corporation says that the LED Lights for installation at NLEX are similar to units used in expressways abroad. They also exceed the standard set by 12Lux standard set by the Philippine 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. 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,” said NLEX Corporation president and General Manager J. Luigi Bautista.

NLEX management expects to complete the LED upgrade on road lights by March 2021. Last year, the company conducted similar lighting upgrades along the stretch of Balintawak to Tabang.
With the road light upgrades expected to be completed by March, we can't wait to see the difference the next time we hit NLEX.