Dózsa György út is located in the Liget - City Park neighbourhood, a bustling part of the city. Lined with banks, offices, diplomatic quarter and restaurants, this 2km long avenue has thriving residential and business communities. It is also a road taken by the many tourists who visit the Hungarian capital on their way to visit the UNESCO world heritage Heroes Square.
In 2015, the Hungarian government launched the Liget Budapest Project - a massive 4-year project to completely renew Budapest's largest and most iconic public park and neighbourhood. The objective is to create a green oasis in the middle of the city offering unrivalled experiences for both citizens and tourists from all around the world.
As part of this project and in line with the city’s objective to reduce its energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 30% compared to 2005 by 2030, the lighting on the busy Dózsa György út was to be replaced.
The challenge was to install a sustainable lighting solution that would protect and enhance the historic fabric of this emblematic avenue, as well as ensure safety on the road and paths.
Looking to employ lessons from the past and combine the latest technology to deliver a suitable LED heritage lighting solution, the urban planner contacted our Kandelàber unit, located just outside the capital city. They set the challenge of recreating exactly the same lantern that currently lights Heroes Square, thus preserving a link with this historic square while bringing the avenue into the 21st century.
Having built the original lanterns many years ago, we set about adapting the design to incorporate the latest LED technology to deliver an authentic luminaire with outstanding performance. We integrated new energy-efficient optics to provide the required distribution across this large avenue and footpaths, without over lighting or producing obtrusive light.
A warm white colour temperature was selected to create a warm and welcoming environment, more in-keeping with the ambiance provided by the old sodium lamps lighting the avenue.
The lanterns were pre-fitted with NEMA sockets as the city has opted to install Schréder EXEDRA to dim the lighting outside of peak hours (delivering additional energy savings) in the near future with the option to scale the system in the future to collect and transport data for smart services.
We presented Schréder with quite an engineering challenge and are delighted with the result. They have reproduced our heritage lanterns with so much attention to detail while delivering an outstanding performance that belies its historic design. With Schréder EXEDRA ready to go, we will be able to create an intelligent network infrastructure.
The new lighting has enabled the city to preserve its heritage while achieving the energy, cost and maintenance savings that LED technology delivers and minimising its environmental impact.