Regent's Canal tunnel, tucked away near Islington's Wharf Road in London, is a popular pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. Although the tunnel is well-travelled, it lacked proper lighting for both wayfinding and safety purposes. Islington Council, the local governing arm, knew they needed to do something to provide a safer route for their residents. They contacted Architainment Lighting Ltd. to recommend, supply, and commission a new lighting solution for the tunnel.
Architainment provided a unique solution that used both varied color temperatures of white light for general illumination and a color-changing effect to enhance the atmosphere along the canal. Architainment fitted Philips Color Kinetics iW Graze Powercore tunable white LED grazing fixtures to the center of the tunnel's ceiling to project a cool white light on the pedestrian side of the tunnel. These fixtures are connected to a motion sensor. The light changes from cool light to a warm, inviting white light as people move through the tunnel. Architainment fitted ColorGraze Powercore fixtures to the ceiling to project dynamic, color-changing light onto the canal side of the tunnel. These lights, programmed to run through a series of saturated colors during the dark hours, have shaped a new identity for a once dreary area.
The new LED lighting system has improved the tunnel's general safety, and has added a fun and interactive element to this formerly dark pathway.