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Lighting and Mobility

Lighting plays an essential role in solving mobility problems

Lighting and Mobility

Lighting plays an essential role in promoting public transport

Schréder, the city’s partner for lighting and mobility

Solving mobility problems in cities is a major challenge for the 21st century. An improvement in mobility is clearly associated with the promotion of public transport among urban dwellers, but what should be done to ensure that these means of transport are used more by the public?

One of the key objectives is to make them more comfortable and safer, and lighting infrastructures play an essential role here.
It is clear that appropriate lighting creates a feeling of comfort and increases the feeling of safety among users. For years, Schréder has been designing high-performance lighting solutions adapted to the needs of public transport. Our lighting solutions contribute to enhancing the urban landscape and helping citizens to feel more at ease in the city. This is achieved by optimising the photometric performance of luminaires, reining in energy costs and facilitating the maintenance of installations.

Numerous cities have chosen Schréder as their partner including Antwerp in Belgium, Marseille in France, Leipzig in Germany and Porto in Portugal. This dossier focuses on how lighting has contributed to the success of mobility plans implemented by these cities through improving comfort, safety and aesthetic value. 


Antwerp, Belgium: lighting for greater mobility

Improving mobility
Through its mobility plan, the city of Antwerp wishes to improve the quality of life and safety in the urban environment. It also intends to improve the flow of traffic on the city’s streets. The plan also includes several infrastructure projects to make the town and the harbour area more easily accessible.
These projects are, among other things, based on the promotion of public transport among the population and, from this point of view, the tram and bus lanes have been widened.

A better quality of life
Illuminating the bus and tram stops, as well as the paths leading to them, is a major part of the plan. “Good lighting allows users to be guided in the city”, explains Rik De Ruysser, an architect at the city of Antwerp. “Lighting shows citizens the structure of the town. It helps to create a safe and pleasant environment. The choice of lighting installations has therefore been the subject of an in-depth study, which also took into account the aesthetic aspect.”
The authorities in Antwerp wanted a lighting solution that would limit the number of lighting columns and allow different lighting for each type of traffic lane.

Electricity supply and lighting on the same lighting columns
The lighting columns carrying the power supply for the trams were equipped with Neos floodlights. This made it possible to limit the number of lighting columns and preserve the aesthetic value of the urban landscape. The management and maintenance costs are also limited as a result.



Differentiating areas by varying luminous intensity
The wide choice of reflectors and light sources available for the Neos floodlights made it possible to provide the appropriate answer for the specific needs of the project. The floodlights can thus be equipped with several types of lamp with various power levels to differentiate the zones. A 150W high-pressure sodium source is used to light roads, while the new 60W Cosmopolis lamps light the tram and bus lanes. As for the sidewalks, they are lit by Neos floodlights equipped with 140W Cosmopolis lamps. The contrast between the various areas of the road surface is therefore reinforced. This improved clarity reinforces the safety for all road users, i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and car drivers.

The Neos provides a flexible lighting solution for the tramway in Antwerp

Corneel Verbeemen, project manager for the Antwerp mobility plan in the research consultancy TV SAM, gives us his vision of lighting in the city.

What role can lighting play in a mobility plan?
As regards mobility, the main role of lighting is to create paths that are clearly visible to the various road users. Appropriate lighting also brightens up the urban landscape. It makes the daily environment of the city’s inhabitants more enjoyable.


What was the major challenge within the framework of this project?
It was necessary to provide a good contrast between lighting for the road and the bicycle paths compared with the lighting for the tram and bus lanes. With the help of Schréder and the other partners involved, we were able to find an ideal solution based on a single type of luminaire. Moreover, I would like to point out Schréder’s excellent technical support, as well as the good level of cooperation between the various players involved in the project.


Marseille, France: trams and light to regenerate the Canebière and the city centre

The Urban Transport Plan initiated by the city of aimed to reorganise public transport and educate the inhabitants of Marseille on how to share urban space. This is a plan that also recognises the importance of quality lighting to successfully regenerate the city centre.

Absent from the city centre for several decades, the tramway has made a comeback in Marseille. The city decided to modernise line 68, to create new lines as well as widening the sidewalks and promoting “soft” transport. In an effort to give the streets of Marseille their own identity, the city asked for two complete ranges of luminaires to be designed. The objective was lighting the roads, the tramway and the surrounding areas.

Before work began, strict criteria were defined regarding aesthetics and design, as well as management, efficiency, maximised service life and lighting performance. The result is very high-quality lighting that enhances public spaces, respects the environment and preserves the existing daytime and nighttime landscapes.


Mr Jean-Marie Audibert, Director of Lighting for Marseille, spoke to us about the project.


Jean-Marie Audibert, Director of Lighting for Marseille


What triggered the city’s new lighting plan?
The return of the tramway is part of an overriding strategy to relieve traffic congestion in the city centre, but it especially aims to regenerate the city centre and the Canebière, the famous main road in Marseille. We have taken advantage of these major infrastructure works to remodel the city’s public lighting.

What were your main objectives?
Through its ability to create atmosphere, lighting plays an essential role in giving cities a new boost. Besides its functional role, we also wanted lighting that would enhance our sites and create a warm atmosphere.
Since the public lighting infrastructure occupies the urban space, the authorities decided on the development of two ranges of poles and luminaires that would represent the identity of Marseille.

What were the main criteria for your lighting plan?
Besides very precise objectives in terms of performance such as overall lighting, efficiency, performance over time and manageability, we were looking for quality in terms of colour rendition and light distribution.
Furthermore, we wanted to limit visual pollution by installing some of the luminaires on the masts that supply the tramway with electricity.


The Cristella embellishes the city, creating luminous atmospheres.

For part of the tramway, the Gyptis were installed on catenary mast.


Leipzig, Germany: lighting to attract tram users

Making public transport more attractive and improving mobility; such were the objectives for the modernisation of the tramway network in Leipzig.
The challenge? To light the various urban areas concerned using a unique range of luminaires allowing multiple configurations, all while giving the urban landscape aesthetic coherence.

Reassuring tram users
The tramway network is an essential component of mobility in Leipzig. The city is counting on a modern and efficient network to appear more attractive to inhabitants and tourists. A big part of the budget for the modernisation of the public transport network was dedicated to lighting.
Good illumination in the city has a positive impact on mobility”, says Lars Loebner, Manager for the Development of Public Spaces in Leipzig. “Lighting at stops and on roads strongly influences the image customers have of public transport. Lighting must allow travellers to feel safe whenthey arrive on the platform.”

Aesthetic and adaptable luminaires
The lighting system had to convey the image of safe, modern andefficient trams”, Lars Loebner adds. “We also wanted it to contribute to the improvement of the aesthetic value of urban spaces.”
Leipzig entrusted Schréder with the project, which was able to meet all the requirements through the Citea luminaire. The range of Citea luminaires made it possible to cover all facets of the project. The Citea luminaire is available in three sizes (Mini, Midi and Maxi) which allows for numerous combinations of luminaires on the same lighting column. This means it can be used for lighting a tram stop as well as an intersection, for instance.

Lars Loebner, Manager for the Development of Public Spaces in Leipzig

Lars Loebner participated in the selection of a supplier for the tramway lighting project. He tells us about the elements behind his choice in favour of the Citea luminaire.


What were your main criteria in the selection of a supplier?
Besides the technical and economic parameters, we were especially looking for a supplier capable of offering an attractive and timeless design. The project foresees a 30-year lifetime for the luminaires. It was therefore important that it was a modern design, and especially one that would endure. It was also necessary that the luminaire could be equipped with future light sources. Schréder was able to meet our various demands, with a philosophy of “everything is possible”.

What were the critical elements in terms of performance?
The solution proposed, and especially its technology in terms of reflectors, provides exceptional photometric performance. Furthermore, its design means that the frequency of maintenance is reduced.
In addition, the low energy consumption of Citea luminaires is particularly nice. The incorporation of electronic ballasts and latest generation lamps has allowed us to significantly reduce electricity consumption.


To read more interviews and see more photos regarding lighting and mobility, please read the complete dossier.

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