Hague street lighting to become white
Published: 31 August 2009 Modified: 19 November 2009
The yellow street lighting in The Hague will be completely replaced by white light. Research has shown that white light offers many clear benefits when compared to yellow light. For a start, the ambience is perceived as being brighter and natural, increasing visibility for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists and in turn making the roads safer as well.
This greater clarity also gives a general feeling of improved security. Easier recognition of people’s faces and other details can act as a deterrent to crime. The new white lamps are also more energy efficient than yellow street lighting.
The Municipality of The Hague expects that it will take five to six years before most of the yellow lamps (high-pressure sodium lamps) have been replaced in residential and public areas.
‘We are convinced that we will only profit from white light in The Hague. It not only contributes to great safety on the streets but also to more atmosphere,’ explained the municipality. Belgisch Park in Scheveningen was recently outfitted with CosmoPolis street lamps by Philips. Initial reactions from neighbourhood residents have been positive.
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