LED lighting solution helps turn Town Quay Bridge into a local landmark
As part of an initiative by Devon County Council to create a cycle network, the 90m long steel cable-stay Town Quay Bridge was constructed over the River Teign to link Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton.
The lighting scheme for this strategic gateway had to fulfil the required lighting levels while accentuating the bridge’s structure. In addition, as Les Pym, the council’s Street Lighting Area Engineer, explains “As the area is regularly used for feeding bats, we consulted an ecologist who recommended a solution to prevent any light spilling onto the river.”
“With Schréder’s support, we established that an LED handrail solution was the most efficient way to achieve the required levels and control of light. To conform to the environmental constraints and to reduce energy consumption, the LED handrails are controlled by a photoelectric cell. This means that the units are only operating from dusk to midnight and then from 6:30AM to daylight. Also having the LED handrail manufactured using grade 316 stainless steel, helps minimize our maintenance costs.”
In total, 41 LED handrail sections are mounted at 1.4m along one side of the bridge, with each section equipped with three, 1W white LEDs. The angle of the LEDs within the handrail prevents any light-spill onto the river. Two waterproof Acqueo floodlights were also installed to highlight the bridge’s iconic support mast at night and so creating a local landmark.
With more than 3,000 cycling trips made over the bridge within the first month of it being opened, the bridge is proving to be very popular. “Since the official opening of the Town Quay Bridge, we have received many positive comments. The new route is being well used by both cyclists and pedestrians and the LED handrail is proving to be a very effective solution” added Les Pym.
Schréder is delighted to have provided an ecological and cost effective solution that contributes to providing a safe and pleasant environment for visitors and the local inhabitants.