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Lif for Tipner Lake, Portsmouth

  • project Tipner Lake, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • client Portsmouth City Council, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership
  • landscape architect Royal Haskoning DHV and LDA Design
  • photographer Amphitype
  • Representation Selux UK

Tipner Lake in Portsmouth is con­nected to the sea so that it forms part of the har­bour in this south Eng­land city. Regen­er­a­tion of the coastal path by Tipner Lake recently com­pleted to pro­tect the north of Portsmouth from rising sea levels. The pop­u­lar coastal path here is illu­mi­nated using Selux Lif light columns.

Work on Tipner Lake’s coastal path was part of the North Port­sea Island Coastal Defence Scheme to pro­tect houses, busi­nesses and infra­struc­ture from flood­ing and was funded using 58.5 mil­lion pounds of gov­ern­ment money. As part of this regen­er­a­tion, a pro­tec­tive wall was built, the coastal path recon­structed and new seat­ing areas and view­ing points cre­ated pro­vid­ing a view of Tipner Lake. The new coastal path­way is illu­mi­nated using Lif light columns fitted with double Tritec mod­ules. The mod­u­lar Tritec optics oper­ates using LEDs arranged in a cir­cu­lar shape, which are aligned hor­i­zon­tally to the road­way. Prism rings and a con­cave reflec­tor cone ensure opti­mal light guid­ance and anti-glare.

Due to their reserved colour and pure, min­i­mal­ist design, the lumi­naires blend dis­cretely into the nat­ural envi­ron­ment, appear­ing to have having grown out of the ground with their sur­round­ings. Here the tech­ni­cal has been reduced to the light-giving Tritec module. Despite the Lif’s strict geo­met­ric shape, it incor­po­rates nat­ural, organic char­ac­ter­is­tics and pro­vides opti­mal light­ing for spaces like the pop­u­lar Tipner Lake coastal path.

  • Cities are lively, vibrant places that are always in motion. Changes in use within communal spaces or multi-functional concepts are transforming urban spaces and with it, the requirements for lighting. As a modular system luminaire in the shape of a slim, cylindrical light column, Lif provides full freedom for the creation of light settings in urban spaces and the smart implementation of these using networked functions. More flexible than any other luminaire, it adapts itself to the widest variety of urban lighting tasks. By day, Lif occupies a reserved role in the cityscape but it is during darkness that it demonstrates its true versatility – depending on the configuration, it can be transformed into a luminaire for squares or pathways, an accent light, or even all of these at once, while at all times remaining a minimalist light column. Lighting tools like the pathway module or the Gobo projector for eyecatching projection effects expand and enhance the scope of planning. New spacer elements in four heights perfectly complement the versatile configuration options of Lif, while smart components like a loudspeaker module, camera, or WiFi element make this light column a key element in smart cities.

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