Thanks to its many rare and vulnerable animal and plant species, Zuidhoek in the municipality of Nieuwkoop in the Netherlands is part of the Natura 2000 network. In 2011 the municipality decided to convert Zuidhoek into a residential area by building 89 houses after assessing the environmental impact this. The research showed that it is an important feeding area for some rare bat species.
The right lighting
“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.
Fully compliant with nature conservation objectives
The application of the dedicated light recipe supports the municipality’s housing program in Zuidhoek while enabling the creation of an ideal infrastructure that complies with the directives of Natura 2000.
Maximum flexibility and optimized efficiency
Enabled by the Interact City lighting management software, the municipality has complete flexibility to set up dimming schedules and an annual dimming calendar. These ensure that artificial lighting is only used when it’s needed, thereby optimizing energy efficiency.
Creating a livable space for all inhabitants
The new lighting solution ensures bats living in the area are not disturbed by the color and wavelength of artificial lighting. At the same time it provides good visibility and an optimal sense of safety for residents.