The Dutch municipality of Etten-Leur is replacing existing public lighting with smart LED lighting in 26 streets of the municipal outskirts. The municipality has explicitly involved residents, entrepreneurs and road users in the pilot. The goal is to work with them to find the optimal mix of light intensity and safety experience in traffic and at home.

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Stepless dimming

In the Etten-Leur pilot, the existing public lighting in the municipal outside area will be replaced by smart LED lighting. Part of the experiment is determining the optimal dimming method, by means of static dimming and the application of motion sensors.

Etten-Leur engages with residents, entrepreneurs and road users in the rural area to find the optimal mix of light intensity and safety experience in traffic and at home for street lighting.

In the rural area, the municipality is replacing old lamps and fixtures with LED lighting in 26 streets. The existing lampposts will be retained. In addition, sensors are attached to some lamp posts, which measure when traffic passes. In addition to the existing lampposts, new lampposts with solar panels will also be installed.

The new LED lighting can be continuously dimmed from bright to completely off. The pilot looks at the best dimming or light levels at different times. The sensors can be used to dynamically dim the light. The dimming and light level depends on the number of cars, cyclists or pedestrians passing by.

In some streets a static dimming schedule will be applied, in other streets a dynamic dimming schedule. Only with the dynamic dimming schedule the light moves with the traffic flow.

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Stakeholder involvement

During the experiment, Etten-Leur regularly organises surveys and information evenings to gauge the opinions, experiences and wishes of residents, entrepreneurs and road users. Based on measurement data, survey results and experiences, Etten-Leur will ultimately choose the best balance between light intensity, reduction of CO₂ emissions and people's perception.