Residents and visitors in and around an area of urban forest in New South Wales, Australia, are feeling safer thanks to a new lighting plan created and implemented by Leadsun, using the latest software from UK-based Lighting Reality.
Camden Council in New South Wales wanted to install a new solar lighting system along a 150m stretch of its urban forest in Narellan, in order to deter loitering, reduce vandalism, and provide a safe walking route for local residents.
Solar power lighting specialist, Leadsun Australia, took on the project with the mission of creating a well-lit and safe walkway for pedestrians, while also ensuring that the forest wildlife and surrounding homes were not negatively impacted.
Leadsun, first established in 2005, are a leading lighting manufacturer committed to innovation and intelligent eco-friendly solutions. They specialise in safe, smart, and sustainable lighting for the future.
Gordon Manzione, business development manager for Leadsun, said: “We used Lighting Reality PRO to place five freestanding 10W LED solar lights every 30m along the pathway, while three picnic shelters were illuminated with 5W link lights.
“The system was powered by remote AE3S80W solar engines circuited to each of the shelters, and the resulting consistency of lighting is very good with no ‘black’ spots along the pathway.
“The urban forest also features a unique light timing sequence where they dim down to 30% brightness after five hours from dusk, and are then operated by a motion detector until dawn.
“Not only is the amount of measured vandalism down, but locals are also very happy with the new lighting which helps them to feel safer when walking to and from their local shops.”
Bewdley-based developer Lighting Reality provides software that allows designers to create lighting projects for all manner of exterior environments, in a fraction of the time that it takes other competing lighting design software.
Rachel Green, marketing coordinator for Lighting Reality, said: “With the fantastic work by Leadsun’s project designers and their specialist products, the urban forest area is now a much safer route for all. This is a great example of a challenging project that has been assisted by Lighting Reality software, and really shows the applications ability to be applied in a wide range of outdoor environments.”
The Lighting Realty PRO software supports all major international standards, and is constantly evolved as these standards are upgraded.
First launched in 2001, Lighting Reality PRO is now used by around 97.5% of British councils, and the company estimates that around 90% of exterior lighting engineers in the UK own a copy.