Committed to a green future
Bringing energy consumption under control
Multiple studies confirm it: the energy consumed by a luminaire during its operating life constitutes the most significant impact of lighting on the environment. Optimising this consumption has always been the goal and passion of our innovation teams. Our early developments in photometry pursued this aim before we moved into the LED revolution. Energy savings, maximising the efficacy of our products, and maintaining their performance over time constitute our guiding thread.
Over the past 111 years, Schréder has been driven by a culture of innovation, a tradition of engineering, a desire to make streets safer, and a push to increase energy efficiency.
Innovation is the process by which we unlock the potential to address society's big challenges. At Schréder we strive to innovate in a way that puts our expertise in the hands of our local customer, co-creating solutions that benefit society as a whole. As such we support open and fair business models. Throughout our history we have been reinventing the way to bring light to the places where people and minds meet.
- Nicolas Keutgen, Chief Innovation Officer
Schréder was the first to develop a gonio-reflectometer to measure the characteristics of road surfaces so as to distribute light in most efficient manner.
Luminance is the concept for the luminous intensity emitted per unit of area of a surface in a specific direction. It measures the light as perceived by the human eye.
The visibility of all surfaces and objects being in our field of vision is due to their luminance, while illuminance levels are in fact not perceived.
The unit is the candela per square metre (cd/m2).
In 1985, Schréder revolutionised long-term tightness levels by inventing the SealSafe® system, setting the global standard for optical compartment tightness levels. This system enabled an incredible level of internal cleanliness to be maintained throughout the life of the luminaire.
Keeping the optical compartment clean meant that the photometric performance of the luminaire could maintained without maintenance. As such, it was no longer necessary to ramp up the power of luminaires to compensate for light loss over time. This feature translated into real energy and cost savings.
Schréder invented the µR® (micro-reflector), followed by the miniR®, miniaturised reflectors optimised for a new generation smaller and refined luminaires.
Not only did the micro-reflector allow for fewer materials, thus preserving natural resources, but it also removed constraints for lighting designers and ushered in the aesthetic element to the lighting industry. Because of this invention, Schréder was able to work with Pininfarina, the design firm behind Ferrari, to produce luminaires such as the Francesca, or with Tortel to create the Tyhlia, featured above.
In the 2000s, Schréder threw itself into the LED revolution by developing a complete range of luminaires that are efficient, intelligent, elegant, and reliable. We were the first to install LEDs in an urban context in Split, Crotia's second largest city along the Adriatic sea. We simultaneously developed powerful photometric engine concepts to cover all types of road and urban lighting needs.
In 2015, Schréder created the first interactive luminaire connecting citizens to their social environment. The Shuffle can integrate control systems, loudspeakers, surveillance cameras, hotspots, electrical vehicle charging stations, signage and many other features.
Managers of cities and privately-managed sites can integrate up to 5 modules in each column adapted to specific needs. With easy fixations, rotatable modules and plug-in connections, the Shuffle is flexible and prepared for future changes. It removes the burden of multiplying devices each time a different demand for your environment is required.
By providing multiple requirements in a single column, it minimises the material needed in spaces and lowers the carbon footprint of an installation -- making it a truly sustainable solution.
Whether you are in charge of a city, transport infrastructure, a private venue or industrial facilities, you need a network infrastructure that optimises workflow and costs. Schréder created a variety of control solutions to deliver operational benefits for managers while creating engaging experiences for users.
Owlet introduced a plug and play control platform that connects light, sensors, and urban infrastructure. The system allows managers of cities and privately-managed sites to operate a lighting network adaptable to the needs of the space being lit.
It empowers them to gain real-time insights, increasing the efficiency of lighting networks, and to manage precise analytical data. Furthermore, it gives them the opportunity to create an intelligent network infrastructure interacting with IoT devices.
Developing our solutions where they are installed
Our objective has always been to establish ourselves in a country on a sustainable basis. Committed Schréder teams are close to customers, seeking to build long-term relationships that enable us to understand the local environment and its proprietary needs. By establishing teams on the ground, we actively participate in the economic activity of the community and contribute to the development of future generations.