Schiedam City Council is devoting ever more attention to sustainability. Driving down energy consumption, and thus limiting CO2 emissions, is a good example. And so, when the outdoor lighting for the Stadserf complex in the city needed to be replaced, the logical choice was to switch to LED lighting. The Council went for Bever Innovations’ Luci Series LED luminaries, which not only have a higher light output but are also more energy-efficient and maintenance-free. The luminaries were produced in a social workshop in Terneuzen, thus helping to fulfil the Council’s ambitions in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility as well.
The Stadserf complex houses Schiedam City Council’s civic offices and includes an ‘administrative wing’, various council chambers and a Customer Contact Centre. Breijer Contractonderhoud, part of Facilicom, has been responsible for the maintenance in and around the building for several years now. This includes the gas discharge lamps under the eaves on the outside, which were coming to the end of their technical lifespan. ‘The lamps consumed a lot of energy. What’s more, lamps were failing and having to be replaced by us more and more often’, says Jack van Dam, Project Manager at Breijer Contractonderhoud. ‘Which was no mean feat due to the height of the eaves. We kept having to use a cherry picker, which is time-consuming and far from cheap.’ Furthermore, Breijer Contractonderhoud and Schiedam City Council were faced with another challenge. ‘Because gas discharge lamps are due to be withdrawn in the very near future, replacement was no longer an option in the long run. Which is why we started to look for a sustainable, energy-efficient, low maintenance alternative, which we found in the Luci Series LED luminaries from Bever Innovations.’
From 72 to 40 light sources
‘We visited the site in Schiedam with Breijer Contractonderhoud and took stock of the situation, before formulating a proposal for improvement’, says Jeroen de Jonge, Sales Director at Bever Innovations Industrial. ‘Initially the customer just wanted the light sources replaced with LEDs, but we advised against that. Not only for technical reasons, but also because our luminaries made it possible to reduce the number of light sources by nearly half. We gave a presentation demonstrating our Luci Series LED luminaries and patented, wireless EOS controls, and subsequently fleshed out a proposal involving white light. When the Council indicated its preference for RGB lamps, we developed a demo lamp specifically for this project, including EOS controls. Once the assignment was awarded, we took just two months to develop, produce, test and supply 40 Luci Series RGB LED lamps. In this regard we specifically opted for rectangular optics, creating a streak of light and preventing light pollution in the vicinity.’ The installation work was carried out by Breijer Contractonderhoud, and subsequent to this the companies jointly commissioned and programmed the luminaries.
The RGB lighting makes it possible to adjust the colour of the lights on special occasions, says De Jonge. ‘To test this, the Stadserf complex was illuminated orange on King’s Day 2018 and the evening before. And at the start of May the entire complex was lit up in a fairy-tale blue to draw attention to World ME Day.’
Straightforward light control
Ordinarily a lot of modifications need to be made to the equipment when switching to RGB lighting, admits De Jonge. ‘But that’s not the case with the Luci Series RGB LED luminaries, as all the technology has been integrated into them. The EOS Manager app can be used on a smartphone or tablet to view, set and change light colours, intensities and burning hours, bringing significant benefits to the Stadserf complex. Energy consumption is considerably lower, and thanks to the lifespan of > 100,000 burning hours, no maintenance will be needed over the next few years.’ Van Dam: ‘Whereas 72 150 W lamps were needed before, it turned out that 40 light sources would suffice in the new situation. The Luci luminaries—which have a maximum capacity of 188 Watts (RGB/white light)—were set to just 45% around the Stadserf complex. This reduced the wattages to an average recorded capacity of 17 to a maximum of 85 W per lamp, depending on colour setting. The upshot being considerable savings on energy.’
Sustainable: The Luci Series LED luminaries are extremely sustainable, energy-efficient and low-maintenance.
Simple to manage: All EOS luminaries automatically form a wireless network, which can be accessed and managed via an app on your smartphone or tablet.
Also available in RGB version: The RGB lighting makes it possible to adjust the colour of the lights on special occasions.