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Lighting up

pride in the city

Emmen,
Netherlands


Emmen is an open, green city located in the north of the Netherlands. Tourism and leisure are important sources of income, including the WILDLANDS adventure zoo.
The city of Emmen transformed its urban space, increased the quality of life of citizens, and improved the image of the city using LED lighting from Philips Lighting

Today, all light sources in
downtown Emmen

are controlled by the Philips CityTouch remote light management system. Using this system, the lighting points can be assigned to groups”, Van der Tuin explains. “A customized dimming profile can be defined for each group, adapting light intensity to how heavily that space is being used at any given time. Using light to reflect the characteristics and ambience of each area has played a significant role in the project’s success."

 

- Jan van der Tuin, responsible for public lighting planning in the city of Emmen

The city of Emmen transformed its urban space, increased the quality of life of citizens, and improved the image of the city using LED lighting from Philips Lighting

Customer Challenge

 

In order to boost the city’s economy, generate employment and enhance its international role, Emmen City Center Renovation Project included a new lighting concept. One of the key challenges was achieving the transformation in a busy urban area within a very short timeframe. The project also devoted attention to the aesthetic image of the city at night. The idea was to create atmospheric public spaces for residents and visitors that would be more appealing to spend time in, and to give the city center a distinctive appearance at night.

Emmen

The right lighting

 

Despite many challenges, the city including four key areas, the Town Hall Square, the Market Square, the Boulevards and the Hondsrug Tunnel, each having its own individual lighting requirements, was transformed in a relatively short space of time. The metamorphosis has turned Emmen into a beautifully cohesive, inviting and accessible city while preserving its green and open character.

 

Today, all light sources in downtown Emmen are controlled by the Philips CityTouch remote light management system, Van der Tuin explains. ”Using this system, the lighting points can be assigned to groups. A customized dimming profile can be defined for each group, adapting light intensity to how heavily that space is being used at any given time. Using light to reflect the characteristics and ambience of each area has played a significant role in the project’s success.  

 

An economic analysis calculated that the renovation project would generate 4,700 hours of work during the construction and 820 structural jobs after completion. “Clearly, the investment provides a significant boost to the city’s economy,” says Van der Tuin. 

GlowingBulb

Links and consistency

Lighting creates a cohesive theme for the individual projects.
PeopleWalking

Visitor accessibility

The lighting guides visitors through the city in a safe and pleasant way.
Fingerprint

City identity


Each area retains its own characteristics while contributing to the city’s overall image.
MoonStars

Evening attraction

People now have another reason to visit the city – the lighting is an attraction in itself.
CityBuildings

City pride


Residents are proud of their city centre because it is a more attractive place to live.
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CityTouch

CityTouch

CityTouch is a software platform for outdoor lighting from Philips. It allows you to control street lights and analyze lighting data.

Renovation Project
for the city of Emmen

The team

Municipality of Emmen

Client

Studio DL

Lighting design

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