Leeds University has installed improved exterior lighting as part of its £194 million campus development plan. Pennie Varvarides reports

Leeds University is the oldest and largest university in Yorkshire, with more than 33,000 students. Its recent £194 million campus development plan includes new buildings, refurbishments and landscaped spaces.

Exterior lighting plays an important role in creating a safe environment for students. The university’s new landscaped area has been enhanced with WE-EF’s
RFL500 fittings. The luminaires have 48 LEDs and an asymmetric side throw distribution. They are mounted on 4.5-metre-high columns. RFL500s use the OLC butterfly lens that minimises light pollution or spill light, and uses a layered distribution technique for good uniformity and to project light precisely onto the required area.

WE-EF’s RFL500 LED fittings enhance landscaped areas

WE-EF’s RFL500 LED fittings enhance landscaped areas

The company’s Eco Step Dim system makes it possible to switch or dim the luminaires daily, weekly or seasonally, cutting energy use. The system is factory programmed so no complicated programming is done on site.

Katy Smith of WE-EF says: ‘The energy saving is achieved by reducing the light output of luminaires in a five-step system — by lowering light levels while the streets are not in use.’

Down by the riverside

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Tall tale of a shared street

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