BATWING
A lesson in bat behaviour

OK lighting types – let me tell you a little about chiropteric behaviour. First of all, contrary to popular opinion, we bats aren’t blind. So we won’t feed or roost if you put a bloody great luminaire on our patch. Secondly, if you disturb us, you’ll be had up under the Wildlife and Countryside Acts.

Bat-friendly lighting in Richmond

Bat-friendly lighting in Richmond

So bearing in mind the above, how do you illuminate a footpath that’s used by both people and bats? Well check out what Philips has done in Richmond in London, above. It has installed LED fittings that illuminate the pathway in front of a pedestrian, and turn off when he or she passes. Philips calls it a ‘moving carpet of light’.

It’s such a clever installation that Philips was rewarded with a visit from the pulchritudinous Spring Watch star Katie Humble, who came to film it for her show. Incentive enough for any man, I would have thought.

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This bat is willing to take on most challenges, but selling CFLs in the US could be a risk too far. While restrictions on the sale of incandescents in the UK brought grumbles from the usual sources complaining that fluorescents were the lighting equivalent of straight bananas, across the pond the move has drawn the unnerving attention of the shouty conservative right wing.