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East River State Park
Brooklyn, New York

  • project East River State Park
  • client State of New York
  • landscape architect RGR Landscape Architects
  • photographer Jonathan Intravaia

On Octo­ber 29, 2012 Super­storm Sandy came ashore, send­ing a 14 foot storm surge into areas of New York City. It swamped public tran­sit, flooded lower Man­hat­tan, and took out power to much of the south­ern por­tion of the city. At the time, Sandy became the second costli­est hur­ri­cane in US his­tory.

East River Park in Brook­lyn, NY is a beau­ti­ful water­front park that encom­passes 7 acres along the East River and fea­tures beau­ti­ful views of the Man­hat­tan sky­line, as well as rem­nants of the site’s his­toric past as a 19th cen­tury ship­ping dock. It also flooded in the storm, how­ever it did not go dark. The 50 Dis­cera solar lumi­naires remained lit.

The Selux Dis­cera Solar was selected for this water­front park for its excel­lent illu­mi­na­tion and sus­tain­able design. Dis­cera Solar can with­stand severe weather con­di­tions where tra­di­tional light­ing fails, pro­vid­ing light to even the hard­est hit areas of New York in the after­math of Super­storm Sandy. The lights and their mount­ings endured the high winds and illu­mi­nated the area thanks to the self-con­tained elec­tri­cal work kept well above the rising flood waters.

  • Selux Solar lighting products were designed to offer one of the most impressive and well-designed systems available. An advanced Energy Management System (EMS) utilizing SO-Bright® controls from SolarOne Solutions is the heart of the system. SO-Bright® controls allow for custom operating profiles, Maximum Power-Point Tracking (MPT), Run Time Extension (RTE), and Wireless Programming. All major components including luminaire, PV modules, and batteries are constantly monitored to ensure reliable operation. No lift required for diagnosing problems, checking component status, or reprogramming - the provided wireless remote does all this from the ground and can even be used as an on/off switch for the luminaire. UL listed PV modules are available up to 280W and Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) batteries up to 352Ah maintain capacity better in cold climates. Four unique luminaires and optical systems produce precise distributions with maximum visual comfort. All parts of the system are neatly packaged to provide a clean look. In combination with the First Light Technologies solar package, the Inula Solar bollard is the premier choice for off-grid applications. The 4W Solar system and 3000K and 4500K LED light engines are complemented by a high efficiency Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller. The entire system is designed to automatically manage the light output based on environmental conditions and lighting requirements. Different run profiles allow for optimal performance based on location.
  • Discera 4 by Selux is available in two sizes and multiple lamping options, providing freedom of design. Suitable applications include pathways, local roads, parking areas, and general site lighting. The IDA-Approved "Dark Sky Friendly" performance provides safe, efficient lighting. Discera 4 is also available as a solar LED fixture for off-grid lighting needs.
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