Providing lighting solutions for public areas is always exciting as it allows us to help make spaces more valuable for the communities around them. When that public space is one of Auckland’s most popular and iconic seaside locations – Mission Bay – it is extra special, and we are proud to have been part of this project.
Auckland Council engaged Tommy Lee from Babbage Consultants to help design a new lighting solution for Selwyn Reserve in Mission Bay. MHL were excited to work with Babbage Consultants on this project alongside Coll Electrical, Ventia, and Otahuhu Engineering.
The main goal was to upgrade the existing, end-of-life, non-LED luminaires and brackets with high-quality, environmentally friendly, and energy-saving LED luminaires and pole top brackets.
Considerations & Products
A key consideration of this project was the visual appearance. The lighting solution needed to suit the heritage surrounding and the Melanesian Mission Building within the Reserve.
The new lighting solution also needed to reduce glare as much as possible, which was achieved by utilizing luminaires with larger luminous areas operated at reduced drive currents.
With these requirements in mind, the WE-EF ASP530 24LED 3000K luminaires, combined with custom heritage cross-arm brackets, were chosen as the perfect products for this project.
With 0% UWLR (upward waste light ratio), the WE-EF ADSA (Australasian Dark Sky Alliance) approved ASP530 range has no contribution of upward light from the luminaires, presenting a simple and instant move toward reducing light pollution and protecting our night sky. In addition, like all WE-EF luminaires, the ASP530 range offers excellent lifespan and energy efficiency.
The custom heritage cross-arm mounting brackets are not only visually an excellent fit for the area but are also extremely robust – something that is essential in a coastal location like Mission Bay.
The end result has been very well received, with unanimous positive comments.
As with most projects, WE-EF succeed in balancing the need for robust and durable products in harsh coastal environments with the need to align with local heritage and a focus on visual comfort.
In addition, the new luminaires use only 25% of the energy required for the previous lighting installation, making the project an energy success story.
Selwyn Reserve is now a welcoming and visually pleasing space for the community – day and night.