The German town of Göppingen has already used several road-lighting projects switch to LEDs, with more set to follow. Thorn created the R2L2 range for exactly this kind of urban function. The installation of the R2L2 Range has impressed Göppingen authorities with its economic benefits and attractive look. As part of one of the several LED lighting projects in Göppingen, Thorn has utilized its Urba portfolio products to provide the ideal lighting solution for the diverse needs of the “Ort der Vielfalt”, a multifunctional leisure complex.
LED fittings from Thorn have put Göppingen in a new environmentally-friendly light. A few years ago, local authorities wanted to start gradually converting urban street lighting to LED technology. A grant from Federal Ministry for the Environment, Natural Protection and Reactor Safety (BNUB) in Germany now covers 20% of investment costs.
A blend of the powerful R2L2 family and CiviTEQ street luminaires from Thorn offer an appropriate and cost-effective lighting solution for the town. Energy efficiency is one of the primary advantages of LED street lighting. In addition, the Göppingen installation includes a lighting management system that enables conventional half-night switching that slashes energy consumption even further.
Helmut Renftle, Senior Planning Officer in Göppingen, is delighted with the results. “Thorn LED lighting has provided the best solution for our particular needs. Even with just 700 replacement LED luminaires in the Ministry for the Environment’s LED grant program, we have already achieved an annual energy saving of 450,000 kWh and lowered CO2 emissions by 266 tons. The lighting system will pay for itself in about three and a half years.”
Helmut Renftle indicated that that the aesthetics of the lighting solution impressed him. He said, “The new LED luminaires bathe our town in environmentally-friendly light and fit in perfectly with the urban landscape here.” Design of the lighting concept was also important for the multifunctional “Ort der Vielfalt” leisure complex (a name meaning ‘place of diversity’) located in the heart of Göppingen.
The LED luminaires from Thorn were meticulously selected to meet all the different urban lighting specifications. Various sizes of post-mounted and surface-mounted LED luminaires from the Urba lighting range utilize glare-free technology to deliver high-quality light.
The extensive Urba Deco portfolio serves as a versatile lighting system for decorative area and path lighting. The Urba Deco line includes post, catenary wire, pendant lighting and bollard luminaires. In addition, the Urba S now illuminates the half-pipe and the adjacent lanes. The unique architectural form and the lighting effect created let the Urba fittings blend in with the stylish sports complex, and the particular light distributions and flexible mounting choices help emphasize points of interest.
“The lighting is extremely important for visitor safety,” explained Mr Schuller, a street lighting specialist involved with the “Ort der Vielfalt” project. “The lighting conditions are now ideal for a wide range of users – from BMX riders and skateboarders through to joggers and runners. All the tracks, steps and edges can easily be seen, without people having to cope with visual discomfort caused by factors such as glare.”