The Schinkel lamps have been a fixture in the city since the industrial revolution in the mid-19th century, and the gas light with its warm atmosphere was characteristic of the city at night. By converting the lamps to LED technology, the city retains the appeal of the historic incandescent lamp while benefiting from energy efficiency, durability and low maintenance costs.
The new LED lamps consume only 22 W, compared with the 85 W power consumption of the lamps they replace. The switch to energy-efficient LEDs is expected to reduce the street lights’ CO2 emissions by 60.8 tons per year.
According to Future Lighting, implementing the LED technology in such a way that the vintage appearance of the gas light was maintained was a challenge. Future Lighting Solutions helped in the design phase by providing a computer simulation of the first prototype, implemented at its Lighting Resource Center in Montreal, Canada. Future Lighting Solutions also helped with the selection of electronic lighting components and connectors.
As the exclusive distributor of Luxeon Rebel LEDs manufactured by Philips Lumileds, Future Lighting Solutions was responsible for ensuring consistency of light output at a colour temperature of 2700K across all the LEDs supplied in the production shipments to Braun Lighting Solutions.
"At Future Lighting Solutions, it is our mission to deliver a limited LED colour gamut", said Alexander Müller, Head of Sales for Central Europe at Future Lighting Solutions. "Thus there is no perceptible colour difference across the manufactured units".