Ameland adopts birdfriendly street lighting
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Ameland adopts bird-friendly street lighting

Philips Lighting has announced a bird-friendly connected light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting project for the island of Ameland in the Netherlands.

Ameland will become equipped with energy efficient LED street lighting and Philips ClearSky, a light spectrum specially designed to be friendly to migrating birds.

The new lighting infrastructure is to assist Ameland in achieving its sustainability goals by saving energy and reducing light pollution.

Ameland supports the ‘Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region’ UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) programme. Its new street lights emit a subtle blue-green light that will improve people’s perception at night whilst being friendly to birds and nocturnal animals.

Maurice Donners, senior scientist of lighting research at Philips Lighting, said: “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.”

Nico Oud, alderman of sustainability of Ameland, added: “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’ programme by helping us to address levels of light pollution and preserve bird wildlife and the environment.”

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% of energy consumption.