By Christa van Santen
The face of the nocturnal city is marked decisively by way of mild, and the quantity and diversity of the sunshine assets is expanding to the purpose of «light terror.» A well-lit city area might be very inviting, giving citizens and viewers a feeling of future health and defense. A profitable lights layout may also supply town at evening an id of its personal and intensify architectural traits.
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The difference between main streets and side streets, between squares and long avenues, between shopping streets and residential streets is boosted not only by making a difference in the amount of light, but also in the colour of the light. This difference can contribute to clarity, as long as there is a balance and a connection between the two. Public lighting can create a relationship between the light of the illuminated buildings and objects so that, in spite of all the random factors in the illuminated areas of a city, a composition can be achieved that makes it possible to experience the image of the city at night as a pleasant whole.
Large contrasts in light on an exterior wall, however, result in an unpleasant appearance: keeping within a ratio of i:io is recommended. A certain uniformity in the object that is to be illuminated is generally desirable, as too great contrasts fragment the architecture. The further the lights are placed from the wall, the more uniform the effect. However, this also has drawbacks: the wall becomes 'flatter' and the further the light sources are placed from the wall the greater the likelihood that the surroundings will be disturbed.
P. Berlage. The illumination of the Berlagebrug in Amsterdam consists of luminaires suspended from cables for the traffic and lampposts with lighting for pedestrians and cyclists. The original incandescent lamps have been replaced by compact fluorescence. 3/4 The public lighting of Passeig de Colon in Barcelona is elegant and timeless, in keeping with the architecture and the public space. It has an impressive, stylish appearance both during the daytime and in the evening. 5 Champs Elys^es, Paris: the old lights create the atmosphere and the new, tall lampposts ensure that the light is dispersed.