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Dutch island adopts bird-friendly lighting

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The lighting represents a major milestone in helping Ameland achieve its ambitious sustainability goals

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Philips' technology emits a blue-green light which is friendly to birds and nocturnal animals
Philips' technology emits a blue-green light which is friendly to birds and nocturnal animals
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The Philips Lighting system marks an important step towards Ameland achieving its 2020 sustainability goals

Philips ClearSky technology and blue-green light improves the ability of humans to judge perception at night

Philips Lighting has announced a bird-friendly connected LED street lighting project for the picturesque island of Ameland in the Netherlands. It is being 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 represents a major milestone in helping Ameland achieve its ambitious sustainability goals by saving energy and reducing light pollution.

 

Ameland, one of the Netherlands’ northern most islands, supports the Dark Sky World Heritage Wadden Sea Region UNESCO programme. Its 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’ programme by helping us to address levels of light pollution and preserve bird wildlife and the environment," says 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 equalling moonlight, protecting darkness and limiting the impact of artificial light for waders, grassland and migratory birds.

 

“Together with the municipality, the covenant partners of the Sustainable Ameland Agreement and Ameland’s residents, we are helping to create a smart island and preserve a rich cultural and environmental heritage with our connected LED technology,” said Richard Boerop, account manager at Philips Lighting.

 

Philips Lighting, GasTerra and NAM are covenant partners of the Sustainable Ameland Agreement. By signing this agreement, all parties are committed to working together and experimenting on sustainable energy innovation on the island of Ameland.

 

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