Mar 23, 2017: The picturesque island of Ameland in the Netherlands gets energy efficient LED street lighting, with a unique feature—its light spectrum has been designed specially and made friendly for the migrating birds.
Philips Lighting has specially designed the connected LED street lighting project. The specially designed LED street lighting system will help Ameland achieve its sustainability target by saving energy and reducing light pollution. At the same time the LED streetlights do not disturb the migrating birds.
Ameland, the northern most island of the Netherlands’ is a part of the Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region UNESCO program. The new LED streetlights have been designed with Philips ClearSky technology. While it emits a blue-green light, known to help humans to judge perception at night, it is also friendly to birds and nocturnal animals.
“The conventional white light can disturb the birds and affect their internal compass. But Philips ClearSky technology does not interfere with the birds’ biological systems and helps them to arrive safely at their roosts,” informs Maurice Donners, senior scientist lighting research at Philips Lighting.
By installing connected LED street lighting on Ameland, Philips takes a step further towards achieving its sustainability goals for 2020.
The company supports the ‘Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region’ program, which helps companies to address light pollution issues, and preserve wildlife and the environment.
The LED streetlights that will be installed in the residential areas will be wirelessly connected to a Philips CityTouch lighting management system. The system will help individual light points to be monitored and controlled remotely, thus saving maintenance costs, and energy consumption by 70%.
Philips ClearSky lighting includes Philips LumiMotion sensors that detect human motion. Hence, when no activity is detected, the lights dim automatically to a level same as moonlight. This protects darkness and limits the impact of artificial light for migratory birds.