LED Lighting a Success in the Black Forest
New lighting concepts for public spaces
LED – a cooperation between the local authorities in Villingen-Schwenningen, St. Georgen, Königsfeld and Mönchweiler from the Schwarzwald-Baar region. The network is one of the ten prize winners in the 2010 competition “Communities in a new light”, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With grants of two million Euros, the outdated street lighting was replaced with energy-efficient LED technology as a collaborative project involving the Villingen-Schwenningen Public Utility Company, the Waldmann Company, the EGT Triberg and the lighting specialists Hess. The focus of the project was the development of LED-based lighting concepts for typical street and open-space situations that can be applied to other towns and municipalities.
1,086 new LED luminaires installed
Results of the public survey
At the same time that the photometric measurements were conducted, Furtwangen University also conducted public surveys in the affected communities regarding the old and new lighting systems, through direct interviews, online surveys and mailings. These surveys sought to gather personal impressions based on the evaluation criteria of brightness, glare, perceptions of security and the harmony between the new LED lights and the “old” lighting situation. The results of these scientifically conducted surveys have shown that the perception of the new lighting was very positive and that it enjoyed broad levels of acceptance from society at large.