The European research project Smart Lighting Concepts consists of 7 pilots spread over 4 countries. Each pilot has its own characteristics and challenges that need to be investigated. With the results of the research of Portsmouth University and Avans UAS, the participating municipalities and provinces themselves, as well as other local authorities, can use the knowledge and experience from the pilots and invest in public lighting that takes citizens, safety, biodiversity and climate into account.
Within the SLIC project, Amiens has chosen to install public LED lighting in an existing shopping and industrial area. This commercial zone is mainly used by motorised traffic. But there is also a bicycle and pedestrian path in the area that will be lit smartly by using movement sensors. The research focuses on finding the right system dynamics for the lighting.
Bruges has decided to replace the 2700 traditional lanterns in the historic city centre with new lanterns with LED luminaires that look exactly like the old lanterns. After all, the city centre is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition, the municipality will conduct tests for the possibilities of static and dynamic dimming with energy network company Fluvius.
The Dutch municipality of Etten-Leur is replacing existing public lighting with smart LED lighting in 26 streets of the municipal outskirts. The municipality has explicitly involved residents, entrepreneurs and road users in the pilot. The goal is to work with them to find the optimal mix of light intensity and safety experience in traffic and at home.
Within the SLIC project, the city of Mechelen and the Belgian grid operator Fluvius are focusing on the (automatic) generation of the correct dimming schedules for a specific road section in the Coloma district. The time of year and traffic conditions determine the dimming of the public lighting in the pilot area.
The pilot of the Belgian municipality of Roeselare revolves around new smart lighting for a bicycle path, a stand-alone installation separate from the electricity grid. It uses solar panels for power generation and a battery for the storage of electricity. The lampposts along the cycle path are equipped with motion sensors, so they switch on the LED armatures when people are cycling past.
The English county of Suffolk is installing a multidata sensor system for public lighting along busy roads. This connects motion and temperature sensors directly to a data lighting hub of the street lighting. The aim is to reduce the costs of public lighting, traffic control and road maintenance, while at the same time reducing CO₂ and other harmful emissions.
The SLIC pilot of the West Flemish Communale (WVI) is experimenting with smart public lighting in the city of Veurne, on the site of a former sugar factory where a new sustainable urban district is being created. There are 2 parts to the project: dynamic LED lighting along the 2 cycle paths and LED lighting in a new business park and the existing industrial area.