Why lighting is important for
parks and public areas?

In the public space, where parks and other areas are important to the modern urban environment, lighting is a critical parameter and something you should focus on if you want to create unique experiences for the park's visitors. Here, the right lighting can make the big difference. In this week's blog post, we give you an insight into why lighting is an essential part of creating safety through illuminated parks in the open space and the opportunities LED lighting offers.

What is the significance of access to the open urban space for citizens?

Overall, public space plays an essential role in societal contexts in relation to the social and economic aspect. For example parks, playgrounds, large streets and other areas where people meet. When cities offer people to meet in these places, the urban environment helps to create people's sense of belonging as well as connection to specific local areas.

Why does park lighting have a great effect on the experience?

Creating the perfect urban space is not just about where the experience is located and what design. That is some of the things architects and city planners have a lot of focus on, but in the end it is about what the people who apply places feel.

Here lighting plays a crucial role. As we have said so many times before, light is no longer just light. If you choose to install a lighting system where you do not think strategically and technically, then the lighting will not create a successful transformation. If we look at what happens if you choose a technical solution, it will typically deliver results that live up to the rules, however, it is not always that such solutions will create some valuable element for the end-user. Modern LED lighting will help parks provide economic value that can save as much as 70% savings. At the same time, using the right light control systems with LED technology can help reduce ongoing operating costs while creating the right light for the desired purpose.

What options does LED park lighting provide?

LED lighting offers many benefits that can help create a better visual experience. You can choose from a variety of solutions, ranging from accent lighting for specific functions, to high intensity or directional light. Our point is that the park's light is a strategic decision. Another element is that the right park lighting equals safety. Parks, trails and open spaces should enhance people's sense of safety and at the same time help to reduce vandalism or the fear of accidents when darkness has set in and therefore it can be difficult to orientate.

You have many options, but different types of lighting sources will vary significantly in the quality of the light they provide. High-pressure sodium, typically used in urban lighting fixtures, can shed a yellowish glow that creates poor color rendering and will degrade the quality. LED light sources, on the other hand, provide a soft, white glow that will reproduce colors very accurately, providing better visual orientation, improving reaction time for e.g. motorists, and at the same time require less watts for the same visibility. The quality of light is influenced by the amount of light, ie. the light will become more diffuse the longer it is away from the source, so it is important that the luminaires are placed in the right place, at the right height, to create the desired light quality.

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