Posts Tagged ‘Lighting’

Guest post: How LEDs are changing the entire concept of exterior lighting


Guy Harding, Lighting Development Manager at Woodhouse, sums up the challenges and opportunities associated with LED technology and its adoption for use in external lighting.



Renewable energy sources and street furniture, part 2

Santorini wind / solar hybrid street lamp

Santorini wind / solar hybrid street lamp

Having looked previously at solar power and street furniture I thought it might be interesting to explore other renewables and street furniture.

Urban Green Energy produces the Santorini wind / solar hybrid street lamp which combines a 600W wind turbine and 80W solar panels to ensure continuous street light. There is no need to connect the lamp to the mains, although more powerful models can and the excess energy sold onto the gird.

Ningbo Sunflower Solar Technology Co is one of various Chinese manufacturers with similar systems in production.

Haneum Lee has designed the Gaon street light which is powered by food waste. Designed for busy pedestrian environments, people bin their waste in the compartment at the base of the lighting column. The composting process generates methane which is used to power the lights.

There’s also the Energy Seed, an LED bollard powered by discarded alkaline batteries. ‘The unit combines any left over juice from all the batteries to power a super efficient LED ring.’

Energy Seed

Energy Seed

APT Controls’ solar and wind powered rising arm barrier avoids the cost and disruption associated with providing a mains supply. APT links it in with the UK’s government desire that all schools are sustainable by 2020.

Finally Westotec offers solar and / or wind powered, vehicle activated, road safety signage. Again, the key selling point is avoiding the cost and disruption of a mains connection.

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Winter wonderlands and other features


Winter garden, Dunham Massey

The UK’s largest winter garden, at Dunham Massey in Cheshire.

Patrick Blanc’s tallest vertical garden, which climbs 33 storeys in Sydney, Australia.

The world’s largest LED lighting project at the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

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Prime Minister’s Award recognises multifunctional and connected spaces


The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2009 has shortlisted a number of projects commended for re-using landscapes and linking spaces.

Bridges, canals, and road and rail extensions rank highly. So do schemes using artistically designed furniture, such as lighting, and mature tree planting.

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