Bucaramanga in Colombia has the country’s eighth largest population and is known as the City of Parks. The city launched a renovation plan in 2014 to enhance public spaces and provide safer environments for residents to take advantage of sports and cultural activities. The city has implemented several initiatives including a weekly night cycle ride to gather together the young and the old in a fun, recreational activity.
For this plan to succeed, the city needed to create brighter and safer environments by increasing the lighting levels and improving visual comfort. It was also important for the city to reduce its carbon footprint due to the high levels of pollution from the many vehicles on the roads. The city set the goal of converting at least 40% of the lighting for its roads and parks to an LED solution with a remote management system by the end of 2016.
Schréder was the ideal partner to help the city successfully convert their lighting scheme. More than 900 Teceo (on 10.5m high posts) fitted with the Owlet Nightshift system was installed on the most important avenues which link the north to the south of the city. The Teceo provides a bright white light that ensures safety for all the pedestrians and numerous cars, motorbikes, taxis and buses travelling down these axes. The luminaires are dimmed to 50% for 7 hours of an average 12 hour night, when less light is needed. The Akila installed on 21m high masts and the Nano LED were chosen to light the Villa Olimpica area which houses many sporting venues including the Alfonso Lopez football stadium, Bicentennial Coliseum and tennis courts. The new lighting dramatically improves a sense of security and well-being for people making their way to and from events as the roads are in need of maintenance.
The city is delighted with the new lighting which has cut energy costs and CO2 emissions by 61%! The Owlet Nightshift also enables them to better manage the lighting scheme and reduce their maintenance operations. Residents really appreciate the safer and more welcoming environments as they can fully indulge in their leisure activities at night.