Klik Systems LEDPOD Adds a Gleam To Carrum Foreshore Precinct, Melbourne
Over two stages of the project, initiated by Kingston City Council and due to be completed in June 2013, a total of 200 LEDPODS will be installed.
The main goal of the Carrum Foreshore rejuvenation is to enhance the area for visitors, allowing greater accessibility for water sports while keeping the area safe for families. Safety through lighting was considered a vital addition, and the award-winning Klik Systems LEDPOD was chosen to illuminate new boardwalks through the dunes leading down towards the beach.
After three public meetings and consultations with local residents in March and May 2012, works began in September 2012. “Klik are proud to be associated with the upgrade of this beautiful area, which so many people can enjoy,” said Cliff Hadley, Sales & Marketing Manager at Klik Systems.
Other upgrades include safer beach access, upgrading the Lifesaving Club, building an erosion control wall as well as creating boardwalks to the beach and through the dunes.
The LEDPOD won the Australian IES Luminaire Design Award for Excellence in 2011. The patented ‘snap-in’ LED and asymmetric distribution is designed for handrail diameters from 38-60mm and focuses the light down and out with no glare.
Stage 1 was completed in February 2013 with stage two due to start in March 2013.
When developing the LEDPOD, Klik Systems wanted the light source located out of view, under the handrail, effectively lighting the stairs/walkway with good vertical illumination, whilst minimising glare. This makes LEDPOD particularly useful in areas where no overhead lighting is possible. Light spillage into the natural setting of the foreshore and sea, where the darkness of night should not be disturbed is thus kept to a minimum.
Carrum Beach is 2km long and merges into Frankston beach at the southern end. It houses the Carrum Sailing Club and the Patterson River Yacht Club, located next to the river mouth and its short entrance walls.
Carrum railway station is a mere 200m inland from the beach and a picnic area and car park are nearby. The Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1937, patrols the northern section of the beach. The new redevelopment is set to enhance Carrum’s reputation as a great beach for all the family.
Photos: Andrew Lloyd Photography