THE CITY of London is working on a innovative lighting strategy that will use smart lighting to cut energy and light pollution, and manage light levels and colour at different times of the day.
The proposals – which cover the ‘Square Mile’, the financial and commercial heart of British capital – are being developed with leading independent lighting design practice Speirs + Major.
Included is the use of ‘remotely-operated' lighting to complement the look of historic buildings.
The first of its kind in London, the strategy will use smart technology and see urban spaces lit in various lighting types, levels and colours at different times during the night. This will complement the work that is already underway to upgrade the City’s street lighting to LED.
The strategy will assess the balance between darkness and street and commercial lighting. Surveys show that currently some streets may be excessively lit compared to how many people actually use them, or that the current street lighting adds little because of the impact that nearby commercial lighting may already have.
The strategy will also consider the important role that lighting has on crime prevention and reinforcing road safety.
Studies have found that artificial lighting at night is contributing to an alarming increase in the amount and brightness of light pollution across the world. This leads to less starlight in the night sky, disrupted ecosystems, a reduction in biodiverse populations and can impact on human health and sleep rhythms. The strategy also seeks to address the needs of nocturnal animals in gardens and areas along the riverside.
'We want our streets to be safer, more sustainable and more inviting,’ Chris Hayward, chairman of the City of London Corporation planning and transportation committee told Lux. ’Poor street lighting is a constant issue for London and it’s time to change that.
‘It’s also vital that the City of London continues to invest in smart technology and infrastructure to maintain its position as a leading financial and business centre, as well as a leading cultural destination. Light will be used to celebrate and safeguard our streets while enhancing the experience for the Square Mile’s growing night time economy.'
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