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First Town In The World Adopts Red Street Lights


First Town In The World Adopts Red Street Lights


A small town in the Netherlands, Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop, has become the first town in the world to install red street lights. The primary motivation was to protect local, rare bat populations. The red light isn’t perceived by the bats but allows humans to see at night. The red street lights are manufactured by the Dutch lighting giant Signify.

Additional benefits that are claimed from the red street lights include:

  • Minimizes impact on many other plants, animals, and insects,
  • Controls allow the town to turn up the brightness for emergency services,
  • The lights can dim down late at night, when there aren’t people on the streets, to improve resident sleep and save more energy,
  • Claimed circadian health and sleep benefits for nearby residents from the red spectrum.

More information is available here

Image: Dutch town of Zuidhoek-Nieuwkoop installs red street lights.


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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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