Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands with 618 500 inhabitants and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial centre. Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the « Gateway to Europe ».
Rotterdam is known for its university (Erasmus), cutting-edge architecture, lively cultural life, striking riverside setting and maritime heritage.
Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world. Many economic activities are related to the harbor.
The city comprise an area of 326 km2 of which 209 km2 is land and 117 km2 is water. The population of 618.500 inhabitants is multi-cultural and includes 176 different nationalities.
PUBLIC LIGHTING MANAGEMENT
The municipality is responsible for
- street lighting
- decorative and architectural lighting
- festive lighting
For a good management all our assets we have a strong multifunctional database on witch we can base our maintenance programs. For lights and poles we register age, location and types of materials used. This is the base for our maintenance plans, for example the scedules for replacement of lamps, the conservation of lampposts and the scedules for replacement investments.
Failures of the public lighting can be reported by the inhabitants at a special phonenumber for the city. Each report of a failure is send to a maintenance contractor.
A part of the public lighting is controlled by a tele-management system, which system reports every day to the assetmanager which lamps have failures.
The repair of failures in the installation are housed in a contract for 4 years. The contractor is hold to repair every failure within 3 working days. The replacement investments are also housed in a contract with a specialized contractor.
Lighting master plan
The primary task of public lighting is to guarantee traffic safety on the streets of Rotterdam and community safety in the public domain. The Lighting Plan also accommodates the following three specific policy ambitions of the municipal government:
- To achieve a better design-quality of both dayscape and nightscape in order to strengthen the leisure function of public space;
- To achieve more efficient maintenance of public lighting by introducing standardization in lighting fixtures and masts, thus putting a halt to the increasing diversity which makes current maintenance overly expensive and inefficient;
- To reduce energy levels and energy pollution by applying technological innovations which contribute tot sustainability on a city-wide scale.
Some recently implemented lighting projects
- In the local district of Schiebroek the public lighting of a residential area of 1.100 luminaires are replaced by Led-luminaires with a telemanagement system. The lamps are dimmed in the night during 6 hours up to 50%.
- For the illumination of the ‘World Museum’, an historic building from the 19th century a new plan was made and a tender was hold. The realization will start in july 2014.
- From 2010 untill 2013 the lighting of 180 km (low and high pressure sodium lamps) of main roads in the city was replaced by energy efficient lamps with dimmingunits. During 6 hours in the night the lamps are dimmed to 50%.
Perspectives for the future
The city will only use the most energy efficient lighting. In this framework is decided to install only led-lamps from the start of 2014. Where possible dimming will be installed everywhere in combination with replacement investments. The use of tele-management systems will continue and will be extended.
LIGHTING FACTS AND FIGURES
- Number of lighting points: 106 500
- Total power used for public lighting (kW): 24 600 000
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.rotterdam.nl/
- Download an english summary of the Rotterdam light plan
- In March 2019 Rotterdam presented its lighting strategy and projects in the LUCI City under Microscope event: photos and event highlights here
- In May 2017, Rotterdam was featured in Cities & Lighting #5, for the inauguration of a new LED lighting on the Erasmus Bridge. It is a symbol of the Rotterdam skyline, and the second largest bridge in the Netherlands.
More articles on Rotterdam :
- Lighting powered by plants in Rotterdam
- LUCI People : Daisy van Eijck-Nilwik
- LUCI City under Microscope Rotterdam – modern lighting solutions for a modern city
- Smart-Space cities visit model sites in Eindhoven and Rotterdam
- Humble Lamppost Survey Insights
- Mapping light and art in Rotterdam
- The potential of light & art
- New lighting for Koningshavenbrug Rotterdam
- New LED lighting for Rotterdam’s iconic Erasmus Bridge
- LUCI publication: Light & Art in Public Spaces
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.rotterdam.nl/