Since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, the famous streetlights on Schinkel Street in Leipzig, Germany have lit the night. Now a memorial to times past, the lights have received a futuristic update—they’ve all been switched over to LED bulbs. The lights used to need 85 watts of energy, but now will only need 22 watts, yet will still produce the same soft glow that residents and visitors have become accustomed to. And the best part is that the CO2 emissions will drop by 60.8 tons a year.
The project was overseen by Braun Light Solutions, headquartered in Berlin along with the distributor Future Light Solutions. After testing and demonstrating their design at their resource center in Canada, they went forth with the project. Their main task was to make sure all the bulbs, which were manufactured by Phillips, were the same 2700k color temperature, ensuring the same color across all the lights. Citizens of Leipzig have responded favorably to the change, making the project a success and preserving the historic value of the city.