Ávila's new lighting is divided into four segments: functional lighting, ornamental lighting, event lighting and business lighting. These four segments are distributed as a series of layers, one on top of another, meaning you can switch each layer on and off, or adjust the brightness of each layer according to the needs of each moment in time.
To achieve this, the team developed and refined the idea of the “new nocturnal landscape” that would define the city's personality after nightfall. “The first thing we did was to understand the lighting requirements in the different areas of Ávila, both inside and outside of the historical city walls,” explains Rafael Gallego. “We also wanted the lighting to form part of the city's identity and enhance its position in the tourism industry even further, by improving people's experience of strolling around the city at night. And all with sustainable lighting that only Philips could provide,” he concludes.
For this project, Philips LED warm white luminaires (3000 K) were used inside the city walls, and neutral white luminaires (4000 K) were used outside the walls for increased visual comfort. These luminaires reduce power consumption by up to 77% compared to the previous installation, saving 2,767,000 kW per year and reducing CO2 emissions by 162 tons per year, which significantly improves the city's air quality. In addition, the new lighting system has a service lifetime of 12 years, thus reducing the cost of maintaining the luminaires to almost zero during that period.