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Lighting is a fundamental aspect of any public place. Poorly lit streets make people feel uncomfortable, whereas that inclusion of light can help people to feel safe and also make a space seem more welcoming. A number of towns and cities are investing in new lighting solutions to improve eco-friendly credentials as well as visibility. Although lighting can be a decadent centerpiece, drawing attention to itself as a piece of art, it is the lighting that often goes unnoticed and keeps us safe that plays a vital role for our communities. A buzzword for amenity lighting at the moment is ‘saving’. Council’s want new lighting to save time, energy and maintenance costs when updating their lighting systems, so that areas can benefit from the energy saving created by updates without too much disruption. Although many of us may be reluctant to admit it, walking through the streets in the dark can be a daunting experience. At DW Windsor, they understand this apprehension, and design products that can reduce fear of the shadows. Another important aspect they consider is the danger of walking on uneven surfaces in the dark, where the possibilities of trips and falls can make some areas unsafe to walk on unless well lit. DW Windsor has recently launched their


Garda LED, which creates an illuminated underside to street handrails. The Garda LED bespoke handrail and baulstrode system offers an innovative task-lighting solution that makes walking in the dark a safer option. The company has also increased its LED portfolio with two new products including Camaro, a stand alone product with an optical lens and glazing design, coupled with an intelligently managed drive current. This is split into three specifically design optical distributions; road, path and area. Alternatively, for the retrofit market the company has created a DWW Light Engine. Retrofitting is a key trend in amenity lighting as councils want minimal disruption and environmental impact when updating their lighting systems. The DWW Light Engine is multi-layered, enabling the quick and easy conversion on-site of existing DWW HID products to LED. Both new ranges offer the option of part-night switching, dimming and CMS interface compatibility for further energy savings. Amenity lighting is in the process of change, as communities are beginning to pump much-needed funds into improving street lighting and updating existing lighting sources to LEDs. This cuts energy usage and therefore lowers long-term costs. In the city of Liverpool, even one of


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DW Windsor have created two new LED products to help light public areas. The Camaro is an extremely efficient new street light, while the Garda LED handrail below is an excellent task lighting solution.


the most historic streets in the town has undergone a transformation to improve its lighting.


Rodney Street is well known for its beautiful Georgian architecture, and boasts over 60 Grade II listed buildings. Liverpool City Council wanted to bring the street up to 21st century standards, and enlisted the help of Urbis’ abbey lantern to create an ideal energy efficient solution. Whilst many of the beautiful original gas lanterns lighting the street had been converted to use a SON lamp, they still had no optic or reflector, which meant that the light coming from the lanterns spilt out ineffectively. This left the light quality relatively poor on the wide road and pavements. A modern street lighting solution was needed, but in order to uphold the streets historical aesthetic, English Heritage had


requested that the new fittings should mirror the gas lantern’s design. The City Council’s partner 2020 Liverpool worked with Urbis to develop a solution, producing a bespoke version of the Abbey lantern, including a customised finial. This produced the chimney effect, which was a key part of the original design. To provide the optimal level of photometric distribution, the council fitted Urbis’ Abbeys with a twin optic, using 60W Cosmo lamps. The lanterns are mounted on new 5m cast ornamental columns, in the original locations as stipulated in 2020 Liverpool’s design brief. The result is a safely lit environment that still reflects the street’s original design. Earlier this year, Transport for London announced that they were planning to install eco-friendly lights in a central London tunnel in order to improve safety,


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