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Fully sustainable landscape lighting - responsible architecture even after dusk

01 of March '23

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important area in all areas of design, not bypassing landscape architecture. One of the key factors for a more sustainable outdoor space is the choice of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting solutions, such as LED fixtures from TRILUX. The concepts of sustainability, circular economy and energy efficiency are gaining traction, and responsible lighting is becoming a strategic part of their implementation.


  • Energy efficiency - sustainable landscape lighting that uses LED technology consumes less electricity and has a longer lifespan compared to traditional light sources. Up to 50% lower lighting energy bills, reduced installation maintenance expenses and a smaller carbon footprint of system use are tangible benefits for your wallet and the planet.
  • Protecting dark skies and wildlife - Light smog is a bright glow visible after dark. It is caused by an excess of misdirected, inefficient lighting systems, especially in urban areas where outdated installations are often used on a massive scale. Light pollution negatively affects the natural patterns of flora and fauna, affects our natural circadian rhythm, and reduces the visibility of stars. LED luminaires from TRILUX reduce the phenomenon of light smog, and are also insect-friendly due to reduced heat emission.
  • Saving resources - sustainability starts at the source. Reducing the amount of materials used during production, renewable raw materials as an alternative to classic luminaire bodies, an efficient recycling process at the end of the luminaire's useful life phase and green supply chain practices - this is the holistic concept of responsible lighting. As a partner in the REPRO - LIGHT and SUMATRA research projects, TRILUX is working to develop and improve circular economy solutions in the lighting industry.

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How do you design lighting that not only provides the right amount of light, builds the right atmosphere for the space, but also has minimal impact on the environment? Here are 5 tips to help you design a sustainable lighting installation.

Fixtures only in areas where they are necessary - not every location requires high levels of illumination. If lighting were a guarantee of security and were to completely eliminate crime, muggings and thefts would also not occur during the day.

An installation controlled by a system that adjusts light parameters to the real demand of the environment - innovative lighting management technologies, such as LiveLink Premium from TRILUX, not only increase the energy efficiency of the installation by optimizing the light intensity throughout the day by adjusting it to the amount of sunlight or traffic in the area, but also allow you to precisely adjust the intensity and color of the light of each light point. In this way, they are ideal as a mood-building element during an urban festival.

Reducing light intensity to the minimum necessary - LED luminaires are able to provide the necessary amount of light at a much lower cost. Lumen (lm) is a unit that allows us to measure the amount of light emitted by a given source. A 250-watt incandescent light source will provide the same amount of lumens as a 30-watt LED source.

Lighting with warm color temperature and glare reduction - light with a temperature of 2500-2700 Kelvin, is light with a warm, amber color, which has the least impact after dusk on our circadian rhythm, as well as on the cycles of animals and plants. When looking for sustainable luminaires, let's also pay attention to an important parameter - UGR, or glare rating. It informs us about the amount of glare emitted by the light. The greatest comfort will be provided by luminaires with a UGR of less than 19.

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Luminaire designs, directing light only toward the lower half-space - in Poland, a large part of outdoor lighting are slightly inclined lanterns, in which the glass is convex. The light emitted in this way scatters and shines upward unnecessarily. Luminaire shades should be set horizontally with flat glass under the luminaire. Installation at the right height and angle is the basis for optimal lighting management and creating a certain mood of the space. The latest LED luminaires allow very precise control of the beam distribution, reducing light pollution.

The intricacies of outdoor lighting design can be complex, but the general concept is relatively simple - LIGHT ONLY THOSE ELEMENTS YOU WANT TO SEE. If we can create a lighting hierarchy that is integrated with landscaping, we will design a space that people can comfortably enjoy at any time. When lighting is introduced solely in the name of "security," we get an overexposed and uninspiring nighttime environment with extreme contrast ratios. As TRILUX, we want to support architects and designers not only by providing them with excellent quality LED luminaires, but also by helping them create beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly spaces right from the concept stage of lighting installation," concludes Tomasz Płuska, Architecture Development Manager at TRILUX Poland.

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