The built environment can no longer be imagined without public lighting. Public lighting contributes to social and road safety. Good lighting ensures that people can oversee the traffic situation and / or that pedestrians or cyclists feel safe enough to be on the street in dark conditions. Scientists disagree whether lighting in itself can contribute to improving social safety. More research is needed how the design of public lighting can help people to feel safer or have a better traffic overview.
A crucial element in implementing low-carbon public lighting (PL) technologies is the availability of financial means to invest in sustainable PL-technologies and systems and to calculate the maintenance costs during the runtime of the investment. In close co-operation between the financial researchers and all other pilot partners different methods of funding and investment are being examined, described and discussed.
The aim of the SLIC project is to calculate the added value of technologies that lead to low-carbon public lighting in the built environment. The research theme Technology focuses on monitoring and evaluating the technical side of the design of the 7 pilots. In addition, the researchers at Avans offer support to their colleagues at the University of Portsmouth to set up the Decision Support Tool (DST) for sustainable street lighting as optimally as possible.