Bird-friendly LED island unveiled in the Netherlands

The energy efficient LED street lights in the residential areas are wirelessly connected to a Philips CityTouch lighting management system.

The picturesque island of Ameland, in the Netherlands, has been fitted with energy efficient LED street lighting system, featuring a light spectrum specially designed to be friendly to migrating birds. The new lighting infrastructure represents a major milestone in helping Ameland achieve its ambitious sustainability goals by saving energy and reducing light pollution.

Ameland, is one of the Netherlands' northern most islands and is supporting the Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region UNESCO program. The new street lights incorporate Philips ClearSky technology, which emits a subtle blue-green light that improves the ability of humans to judge perception at night whilst being friendly to birds and nocturnal animals.

'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,' commented Nico Oud, alderman of sustainability of Ameland.

The energy efficient LED street lights that will be installed in the residential areas are wirelessly connected to a Philips CityTouch lighting management system. The system enables individual light points to be monitored and controlled remotely, saving maintenance costs and up to 70 per cent of energy consumption.

At the beachfront, the Philips ClearSky lighting incorporates Philips LumiMotion sensors that detect human motion. When no activity is detected, the lighting automatically dims to a level equaling moonlight, protecting darkness and limiting the impact of artificial light for waders, grassland and migratory birds.

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Following up on my comment below, it appears that the technology is still being offered by the "QL Company" which was spun off from Philips Lighting in June 2011: http://www.qlcompany.com/public/files/ProductSheet_QL_ClearSky_web.pdf

The photograph in the article's header is really good! This reminds me that Philips had also developed a "ClearSky" version of their QL lamps in the early 2000s for a similar application, only used on offshore oil rigs.

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