Philips LED solution illuminates the Sheffield Tramline with energy efficient lighting


    April 13th, 2022


    Philips True Force provides a fast track to energy-efficiency and safer experiences for travellers on Sheffield’s Stagecoach Supertram


    Sheffield’s popular Stagecoach Supertram serves 10.5 million passengers every year and offers residents and visitors fast and convenient access to popular areas around the city. The service’s operator saw the need for an upgraded lighting system that would provide a brighter, safer environment for passengers waiting at each tram stop, while dramatically cutting energy consumption – an urgent need of the hour.

    The Challenge


    Sheffield’s tram line had previously been fitted with energy-intensive Son-T lamps. They were expensive to run, consumed a lot of energy, and offered suboptimal visibility. Stagecoach Supertram wanted to offer passengers enhanced peace of mind by creating a more secure and reassuring environment, with better CCTV visibility. But modernizing the existing luminaires at all 50 stops could be expensive, disruptive to the service and its customers, and time consuming.


    Mark Tomkins, Infrastructure Electrical Co-ordinator, Stagecoach Supertram said, "For a long now, we have been looking for the best replacement that physically fits into the existing luminaires, taking away the need to replace them. We also needed to ensure the new lighting  met all our objectives of enhanced safety, better visibility and environmentally friendly."

    The Philips LED lighting solutions offer several benefits such as better colour rendering, enhanced CCTV visibility, increased traveller, staff safety, and improved visibility at the tram stops."


    Mark Tomkins

    Infrastructure Electrical Co-ordinator, Stagecoach Supertram

    "In addition, the energy savings are impressive when compared with conventional light sources and long-lasting products. With the new LED lamps,  instant restrike takes away the waiting period of HID cooldown in the case of power outages. We are sure we will reap many benefits for a long time to come.’’
    Sheffield Tramline
    Sheffield Tramline before and after the LED lighting upgrade

    LED there be light

    After several months of extensive research into the right lighting solutions, Sheffield Stagecoach found the Philips TrueForce Core LED Road LED lamp 40W to be the perfect fit that met all necessary specifications and objectives for upgrading the lighting.


    This LED upgrade from   SON lighting dramatically reduces the maintenance costs of lamps and the ageing electromagnetic gear system by reducing the need for frequent replacements and maintenance visits.


    The Philips TrueForce Core LED Road brings all the energy-efficiency and long-lifetime benefits of LED to HID replacement while providing instant saving with low initial investment, removing the need to replace existing fixtures. Philips TrueForce Core LED Road lamps are a tubular glass envelope LED retro-fit, similar to that of SON-T lamps. They  fit in the existing luminaires and importantly work truly with the luminaire’s optic, ensuring that light is photometrically positioned.

    Our LED solution for the Sheffield tramline will ensure travellers journeys on the line are worry-free thanks  to better visibility and safety."


    Simon Greenwood

    Sales Director Trade & Specification, Signify UK&I

    "To add to this, the positive impact on the environment is another huge benefit for the Sheffield tramline as the upgrade to LED lighting helps reduce the tramline’s energy usage. We are excited to be part of such an exciting project that ultimately leads to the citizen welfare and satisfaction."

    About the author:

    Simon Greenwood

    Simon Greenwood


    Sales Director Trade & Specification, Signify UK&I.  

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    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2022, we had sales of EUR 7.5 billion, approximately 35,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in our operations in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for six consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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