The same is true of light. In between the sun rising and setting, it illuminates a vast canvas in which we pursue our goals and interact with each other. But sometimes, because of geographical peculiarities, natural light is severely curtailed, restricting the way businesses can operate, children can play and society can function.
One such place is Uppsala, a beautiful city on the eastern coast of Sweden, a 40-minute train journey from Stockholm. However, it is so far north that, during winter months there is often less than six hours of sunlight each day. School children and commuters leave and return home in darkness, experiencing a deprivation of light that affects moods, motivation to work and physical health.
Now, however, thanks to the Philips CityTouch LED street lighting system, we will be encouraging municipal engineers to remotely manage precise levels of lighting at the park according to the hour and how many people are there. In addition, because the LED bulbs are long-lasting and environmentally-friendly, local governments can, in principle, realize 70 percent energy savings and 70 percent on maintenance.
Most importantly, Philips CityTouch is an intuitive online remotely manageable innovation with measurable benefits. Parents will be sure their sons and daughters are playing in a well-lit environment bathed in an elegant rainbow of colours. Pedestrians, drivers and cyclists will feel more confident and it’s hoped the entire area will undergo regeneration because it will no longer be in darkness in the afternoon. And children will play and stay healthy – advancing their social, physical and cognitive development, away from the confines of their rooms and the powerful lure of computer and television screens.