But what happens to the many lighting systems that have been installed for decades and still use the old technology far from LED or intelligent lighting control? There is an enormous savings potential, which more and more cities are now using. However, the monetary added value of such an investment only becomes apparent years later, because the purchase and installation of new LED light fittings is initially associated with costs.
In order to support the municipalities in Germany, conversions of old systems in the area of municipal street lighting are supported by the "Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU)" in addition to federal-specific support programs in the form of the "Kommunalrichtlinie". The current version currently sees a subsidy from up to 30% of eligible expenditure by 2022.
Please check for support programmes in your country.
Intelligent lighting concept for the city of Chur and 120 km of roads
The city of Chur in Switzerland has a large network of public roads, of which around 120 km were illuminated with old high pressure sodium vapour or mercury vapour lamps. It was also a matter of eliminating these energy guzzlers as quickly as possible within 5 years, reducing energy consumption and gradually converting the entire street lighting system to an intelligent LED lighting system.
"I am proud that we are installing a complete system that has left the successful testing phase behind, but is still pioneering. This not only saves enormous energy and maintenance costs, it also increases traffic safety and stops light pollution, ”said Martin Derungs, Managing Director of IBC in Chur.
With this project (at that time the largest LIMAS light management system project for SCHUCH), which was implemented in cooperation with the Swiss partner REGENT, SCHUCH has established itself as a competent partner in this area.