Philips Lighting announced a unique connected LED street lighting project. The lighting company will equip the island of Ameland, in the Netherlands, with energy efficient LED street lighting. The streetlights will use the company’s ClearSky technology. Philips Lighting designed the ClearSky spectrum distribution of the lights to be friendly to nocturnal animals and migrating birds.
Also, the Ameland planners expect that the newly installed lighting infrastructure will help the island reach its sustainability goals through saving energy and reducing light pollution. Ameland, one of the Netherlands’ northernmost islands, supports the Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region UNESCO program.
The ClearSky technology from Philips Lighting emits a subtle blue-green light that improves the ability of humans to judge perception at night while being friendly to nocturnal animals and birds.
“Regular white light can disorientate birds and affect their internal compass. Philips ClearSky technology does not interfere with birds’ biological systems and so helps them to arrive safely at their roosts,” explained Maurice Donners, Senior Scientist Lighting Research at Philips Lighting
“By installing connected LED street lighting on Ameland, we are taking the next crucial step in achieving our sustainability goals for 2020. Furthermore, it supports the ‘Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region’ program by helping us to address levels of light pollution and preserve bird wildlife and the environment,” said Nico Oud, Alderman of Sustainability of Ameland.
The island will install the energy efficient LED street lights in the residential areas. These streetlights will wirelessly connect to a Philips CityTouch lighting management system. According to Philips Lighting, the CityTouch system enables individual light points to be remotely monitored and controlled.
The island expects to reduce energy consumption for the street lights by 70 percent and save on maintenance costs.
At the beachfront, the Philips ClearSky technology incorporates Philips LumiMotion sensors that detect human motion. When the LumiMotion sensor detects no activity, the lighting automatically dims to a level equaling moonlight to protect darkness and limit the impact of artificial light for grassland, waders, and migratory birds.
“Together with the municipality, the covenant partners of the Sustainable Ameland Agreement and Ameland’s residents, we are helping to create a smart island and preserve a rich cultural, and environmental heritage with our connected LED technology,” said Richard Boerop, account manager at Philips Lighting.