Wave Wall Light Part Two

This is my idea for a wall light to feature in with the wave family theme lighting. I have tried to keep the idea simple to capture movement and the flow of the waves. I have included some pictures of my first attempt where I made the waves bigger for effect. I then toned down my design to have smaller waves which works well with the symmetry of my design but I also like the rougher waves of my first attempt. I think that I might have to look at this design again and create a solution from my two ideas.

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Wave Wall Light Sketches Part Two

I liked my wave wall light idea but the curve of the wave was not prominent and it did not match the designs of the other lighting in the family. I decided to strip away the square plate and work with three basic shapes the wave pattern, the circle that represents the sun and a line that represents the horizon. I filtered my design further by getting rid of the horizon line and just focusing on a sun and wave combination.

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Glow in the dark road unveiled in the Netherlands

I have been following Daan’s progress with this project as I find it such a simple yet an effective method. I think that photoluminus paint is a great material that I am considering using in my designs as it is the ultimate sustainable light source.

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These “glowing lines” could replace street lights or be used in areas where there are none

Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

The paint contains a “photo-luminising” powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights.

Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans to work on the the idea.

The technology is being tested with an official launch due later this month.

It is the first time “glowing lines” technology has been piloted on the road and can be seen on the N329 in Oss, approximately 100km south east of Amsterdam.

Once the paint has absorbed daylight it can glow for up to eight hours in the dark.
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The team also hopes to develop giant weather symbols that appear on the road

Speaking to the BBC last year about his plans Mr Roosegaarde said: “The government is shutting down streetlights at night to save money, energy is becoming much more important than we could have imagined 50 years ago. This road is about safety and envisaging a more self-sustainable and more interactive world.”

Mr Roosegaarde’s projects aim to help people and technology to interact. His past projects have included a dance floor with built-in disco lights powered by dancers’ foot movements, and a dress that becomes see-through when the wearer is aroused.

“I was completely amazed that we somehow spend billions on the design and R&D of cars but somehow the roads – which actually determine the way our landscape looks – are completely immune to that process,” Mr Roosegaarde said.

Heijmans was already working on projects involving energy-neutral streetlights when Mr Roosegaarde teamed up with the company.

“I thought that was updating an old idea, and I forced them to look at movies of jellyfish. How does a jellyfish give light? It has no solar panel, it has no energy bill.

“And then we went back to the drawing board and came up with these paints which charge up in the daytime and give light at night,” he said.

Heijmans says that the glow in the dark technology is also “a sustainable alternative to places where no conventional lighting is present”.

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The Dutch Minister for Infrastructure Melanie Schultz Haegen visited the project

Pilot project

Innovation on roads needs to be encouraged said Professor Pete Thomas, from Loughborough University’s Transport Safety Research Centre but new technologies need to prove themselves.

“We have some high visibility markings already on roads in the UK, plus cats-eye technology etc. So the question is how much better than these is this alternative?

“If we put this technology on all unlit roads that would be a lot of kilometres and it would be a big investment so if safety improvement is the target then we need hard evidence about how this compares to what we already have and to back up any safety claims,” he said.

Initially the team also had plans to develop weather symbols that appeared on the road once the temperature reached a certain level. A temperature-sensitive paint mixture would be used to create giant snow flake-shaped symbols on the tarmac to warn users that the road may be icy.

The current stretch of glow in the dark road in Oss does not include this temperature sensitive technology.

It is a pilot project at this stage and is expected to expand internationally later this year. Dutch media report that Heijmans is keen to use the paint on other roads but has not yet negotiated any contracts.

Unknown(2014)Glow in the dark roads unveiled in the Netherlands[Online]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27021291(Accessed 14th April 2014)

Wave Bollard Seat

I had an idea to make the wave bollard multifunctional. To combine a light source with street furniture. This bollard has a folded seat incorporated into the design. The light source is provided by LED tubes in the front and the back. I do like the idea of having the seat but I think that I need to adapt the shape of the seat slightly and maybe look at the shape of the wave again.

Campus Bench

I have been doing a lot of research into street lighting in Southport. I also wanted to focus on lighting solutions for the university campus where I live. I want to design a street light that is suitable for campus and that combines the latest technologies to provide information for students. I also wanted to explore providing light from other creative methods for example my design for the kinetically powered bus stop light. I have been thinking about combining light with street furniture. I have started by designing a bench that could be used around campus. The University of Central Lancashire is split into zones that are identified by the colours orange, green, blue and purple. My design includes 4 benches that illuminates with one of these colours. When it is dark it is then obvious for students to identify which zone they are in.


Bus Stop Light powered by Kinetic Energy

I have been investigating kinetic energy to use as a possible energy source for powering a street light. I wanted this power to come from a fun method that would get the public involved and highlight the need for sustainable energy. I decided to design a bus stop where people have time on their hands waiting for the bus and maybe more inclined to give it ago. I like the simple forms of my bus stop design, I feel that the seat itself could be better and I will investigate ways of how to improve it to have a stronger structure.

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A design for a campus bus stop powered by Kinetic Energy. The seat is a swing which powers the light.

Senegal gets solar-powered streetlights

I found this article and thought that it was interesting as it highlight the good that solar power street lights can do in an area where there is no or little electricity available. It also highlights the importance of having to educate people about sustainable energy.

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Senegal is investing in solar-powered streetlighting, with a rollout of approximately 1,500 solar panels in the capital, Dakar and six other regions in the interior of the country.

Most villages in Senegal do not have access to electricity, yet an investment in solar panels and low-energy light sources looks set to improve the lives of millions.

Africa has some of the highest levels of solar irradiation in the world, yet most villages in Senegal do not have access to electricity. Tens of thousands of pounds are currently being invested into solar energy in the West African region.

Maimouna Ndoye of the Senegalese Ministry of Energy says that over 18 million West African CFA Francs (over $33,000) has been invested into the scheme, with 900 of the panels being installed in the capital, Dakar.

In order to protect against theft and vandalism, the panels are being equipped with survelliance cameras, but Ndoye points out that the most ‘significant’ means of protecting the new kit is if the affected communities understand the potential benefits to them, adding that there is an education process underway.

The programme looks set to provide a welcome boost to rural communities, which often struggle with limited access to power. Low-energy lighting has also been acquired for certain public buildings, with the overall scheme forming part of an wider West African to fight back against the effects of climate change and to promote renewable energy sources. Phase one of the scheme is due for completion this year, with phase two involving participation from the private sector and due for 2015.

The effort takes place in the context of a continent seeking to gain energy independence whilst also preserving its environment. With rising populations and growing economic activity, Africa’s demand for power is set to grow, yet hundreds of millions of Africans are still deprived of basic services.

Besides Dakar, the Tambacounda, Thiès, Kaloack, Kolda, Linguère and Fatick regions are set to benefit from the scheme, which it is widely believed will improve the wellbeing and the safety of the surrounding communities, as well as reducing their electricity bills.

Unknown(2014)Senegal gets solar-powered streetlights[Online]http://www.luxreview.com/news/120/senegal-gets-solar-powered-streetlights(accessed 29th March 2014)