“The key aspect of the project was to create a natural landscaping concept in which the housing program does not impact local wildlife.” said Robert Jan Vos, the Lighting Design Consultant who made the lighting plan for the residential area.
To ensure undisturbed night-time for the bat population living in Nieuwkoop, the municipality selected the dedicated Philips light recipe developed through extensive research together with the University of Wageningen and NGO’s active in the field. Both the color and the wavelength were designed to ensure bats can enjoy the night time as if there was no artificial lighting in place, while ensuring good visibility for residents living in the area. Therefore no compromise was made on safety.
To further optimize light levels, the municipality installed the Interact City remote light management system to ensure that light is only on when it’s needed.