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By Robert Lights ✌
Towns and cities are increasingly making a mark for themselves with the targeted use of feature lighting. In addition to classical street and area lighting, ways of using illumination to specifically showcase certain places is being increasingly adopted. A creatively-lit park, a sharply illuminated monument, effective facade projection – purposeful and careful use of such elements contributes not only to creating a distinctive ambience, but also an atmosphere that makes people feel comfortable and excited. The new FLC230 LED profile projectors from WE-EF are the perfect instruments for realising such powerful lighting effects in public spaces.
The FLC230 LED profile projector is also available as a colour changer, offering infinitely variable RGBW colour mixing, as it can render almost every shade of the colour spectrum. The profile projector comprises a spherical/triple flat convex lens system for producing a parallel light beam. The FLC230 LED profile projector and the colour-changer variant are available either as a zoom-spot projector [ZP] for producing sharply defined circles of light, a frame projector [FP] for illuminating polygon surfaces or as a gobo projector [GP] for projecting gobos onto a surface. The FLC230-CC LED profile projectors also come with a DMX interface as standard.
By Robert Lights ✌
World's first lighted zebra crossing in the Netherlands
Because pedestrians on zebra crossings are badly visible in the dark or during bad weather, many accidents happen on a daily basis and all over the world. A lot of them have deadly consequences. To reduce the number of accidents, the Dutch company Lighted Zebra Crossing has installed the world’s first lighted zebra crossing.
The idea came a few years ago from a 10-year-old girl called Aurora from Groningen, the Netherlands, because she did not feel safe to cross the street at zebra crossings. Her theory was that drivers often do not stop before a zebra crossing because they do not see it, so making the crossings more visible would change that.
In various Dutch and Belgian towns (Heerenveen, Groningen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels), this theory was put to the test by placing mats on the streets on which a zebra crossing was displayed. The white stripes of these mats lit up when someone approached the crossing, pedestrian, cyclist or driver (see video).
As the test showed promising results, Lighted Zebra Crossing developed a lighted zebra crossing that can be installed anywhere. Instead of painting the white stripes on the street with light-reflecting paint, they created lightboxes with LED lights that function as the stripes and can be installed into the road. The dimensions are 200 x 50 cm (78.7 x 19.7 inch). Usually, two plates are installed next to each other to form one long stripe.
The company developed two versions, one for a brick road and one for an asphalt road. In the former, the lightboxes have a steel frame in which a layer of concrete is poured. A luminous plate is put on top of this. The depth can be custom made, and is usually between 8 and 10 cm (3.1 to 3.9 inch). The asphalt version does not contain a frame with concrete and is about 4 cm thick (1.6 inch). It can be installed directly into the asphalt.
The lights only use a small amount of electricity and can be connected to the streetlights, so that the crossing lights up when the lampposts do. It can also be connected with solar panels.
To test the durability, the lightboxes were installed near a transport company. Daily, about 250 fully loaded trucks drove across it, which is equal to the stress of about 2,500,000 cars. The lightboxes were also tested during various weather conditions, including frost and sun. Salt sprinkling was taken into account as well.
The first lighted zebra crossing was installed in a Dutch village called Eerbeek, which is where the company is from. It was installed within two weeks and will be officially revealed tonight. The aim is to install more of these crossings in other cities in the Netherlands soon.
Video 2, Video 3 and Video 4
More info: lightedzebracrossing
Le vie che conducono al famoso Nobu Restaurant in Qatar illuminate dall’azienda italiana Francesconi Architectural LightBy Agata
LED lighting in Qatar by Francesconi Architectural Light
Francesconi Architectural Light illumina Marina Landscape, le vie che accompagnano i visitatori al rinomato Nobu Restaurant, situato all’interno del lussuoso Four Seasons Hotel di Doha in Qatar: un capolavoro architettonico a tre livelli affacciato scenograficamente sul Golfo Persico raggiungibile da un’arteria di grande viabilità che necessitava di un’illuminazione sicura, performante e di qualità.
Per il prestigioso progetto di illuminazione urbana sono stati scelti gli incassi a terra EGO e MAXIEGO, apparecchi illuminotecnici per esterni con grado di resistenza IP67 e agli urti IK10. Interamente realizzati con il migliore Acciaio Inox 316L, questi prodotti sono garanzia di ottime prestazioni in ambienti ad elevata umidità e salinità tipiche delle zone costiere del Golfo Persico. Diffusore in vetro temprato, viti di chiusura in acciaio inox A4, guarnizione in silicone e controcassa in policarbonato V1 (850°) completano il quadro di una gamma di incassi a sorgenti LED dalle altissime prestazioni.
Francesconi Architectural Light, che ha sede a Roncadelle in provincia di Brescia, da oltre 60 anni opera nell’ambito dell’illuminotecnica: dalla produzione di apparecchi per esterni altamente performanti alla consulenza progettuale di elevata specializzazione, l’azienda sviluppa la propria attività su una superficie di 6500 mq, di cui 2500 mq coperti.
Coniugando elevata resistenza e confort visivo, know-how tecnico e qualità formale e funzionale, il team Francesconi ha donato un effetto particolarmente scenografico alle strade di questa grande città dal forte carattere cosmopolita, segnando i percorsi, esaltando i dettagli e guidando gli ospiti verso il più grande e noto ristorante del Qatar.
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