Tauranga City Council had the vision to turn Durham Street and Durham Lane into a pedestrian-centric precinct to create a safer, more comfortable environment. This had been a goal ever since the new University of Waikato campus, situated between the two streets, significantly increased foot traffic in the area.
We are proud to have been chosen to work on this project alongside Jasmax Landscape Architects, WSP and Harrison Grierson. In close collaboration, we set out to create a lighting solution that equally addresses appearance and atmosphere, technical lighting requirements and coordination with the infrastructure.
While public road (vehicular) lighting traditionally uses a colour temperature of 4000K, this project features a 3000K colour temperature and optical distributions with lower peak intensity angles. These two factors play a significant part in creating a comfortable and inviting space, while also considering and mitigating the effects that higher colour temperatures have on the dark sky.
On Durham Lane, pole-mounted WE-EF’s FLC230D lights run around the back of the University of Waikato building, providing a safe, more comfortable, yet more discreet approach compared to carriageway lighting.
The result is a pleasant and comfortable environment that fully meets and exceeds expectations.