Insect friendly street lighting


Insect friendly street lighting

18 March 2022

In March 2022, a new amendment of the German Federal Conservation Act came into force. Based on this, wild animals and plants are to be protected from avoidable light emissions. In collaboration with the Leibniz Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB) (Leibniz Institute for Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries) and the Departement of Lighting Technology at Technische Universität Berlin, Selux has developed a road light that is designed to help to protect the habitat of insects in particular and yet still guarantee sufficient light for the safety of human beings.

The Tal pole-top luminaire was selected as the basis for this transfer project, equipped by the Selux engineers with the latest lighting technology. The custom-designed optics and a light-shade system now guides the light directly down and protects passers-by from glare. At the same time, it prevents unnecessary light scatter above horizon level and hence lighting pollution of the night sky.

Insect-friendly road light design will initially be tested by Selux on a test area consisting of 24 luminaires. Afterwards the luminaires will be upgraded in partner municipalities, in Krakow am See in Mecklenburg, in two communities in Brandenburg and in Fulda.

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