the ‘freestreet’ highwire LED lighting system for urban space

designboom has just heard from philips design with updates about their ‘freestreet’ lighting system, first exhibited at dutch design week 2011. the street lighting design eliminates the need for poles, relying instead on the stringing of narrow cables equipped with LEDs to illuminate public space.

the design is a response to the observation by architects and urban planners of the problems of light pollution and cluttered streets. ‘freestreet’ adds no additional ground infrastructure, thus dissolving more seamlessly into the urban environment by day. all of the electrical and mechanical framework behind the system are integrated into the cables themselves. by night, the system provides less but more focused light than traditional streetside lamps, and the design ensures that the LEDs are always facing downwards, highly reducing light pollution.

the design ‘celebrate[s] the ‘lineness’ of light,‘ explains oscar pĕna, creative director of philips design. ‘freestreet’ has recently been installed and is currently viewable at catharinaplein in eindhoven.

philips freestreet lighting design ‘freestreet’ has been installed beginning late march 2012 at catharinaplein in eindhoven

philips freestreet lighting design detail of a single LED module hanging

philips freestreet lighting design daytime view – the system is strung above public plazas and streets to eliminate urban clutter

video discussion with oscar pĕna and ramon janssen of the philips lighting design team, headed by rogier van der heide

philips freestreet lighting design view from below of ‘freestreet’

philips freestreet lighting design the system was first exhibited during dutch design week 2011 in a double-lined configuration