Ever considered how ugly and inefficient the age-old system of street lights is? A pole every block with those ugly wires hanging all down the street?
Philips, a Dutch electronics company, was tasked to create a better system – a new system that would light up the streets without all the clutter.
The result? FreeStreet.
FreeStreet uses horizontal cabling with built-in LED lights. The lights run parallel to the street and they don’t over-illumniate at night, so the sky is better visible.
Engineers of FreeStreet state that it’s the first lighting source to ever be integrated into a cable. No more light poles. No more flashlights.
The system must be attached to urban facade every 328 feet – besting traditional street lights by a wide margin, as they require a light source about every 70 feet. FreeStreet also consumes 40% less power than the old system.
FreeStreet won a 2011 Dutch Design Award for it’s creative idea and several cities are now interested in lighting up the night in this clearly innovative way.