As a new LED lighting system was required by Hod HaSharon municipality, the appointed lighting consultants had to develop an innovative illumination scheme, involving the synagogue and the surrounding square and garden, that should spread a feeling of calm and quietness through a skilful use of a well distributed illumination. Soft touches of cold white light should enhance building, trees and pathways with a sort of waving succession of light and shadow recalling the elliptical shape of the square. A pleasant, geometrical design was therefore expected to create vibrating light contrasts between the synagogue and its surroundings while maintaining a decent overall illumination level.
Supplied by the Israeli company General Electric Engineering AEG LTD, different models of GRIVEN LED luminaires were chosen for this project after successfully passing demanding quality tests. The square main lighting now comes from specifically designed benches and low walls that feature in their front sides one GRIVEN PARADE D-W-5 RECESSED unit each, an exterior high quality linear LED module fitted with five bright white light LED sources, specific for recessed use in pedestrian areas. While the standard version comes with medium or wall wash optics for direct wall illumination, for this project an optional elliptical optics was strongly recommended by the appointed lighting designers to obtain low glare, wide diffused elliptical beams on the pavement of the courtyard.
Moreover, in order to strengthen this quiet, soft atmosphere, the palm trees of the garden have been lit up by batteries of DUNE W MK2, a round-shaped, super compact white light LEDs fixture, engineered for exterior recessed applications. Fitted with the highest precision technology, its 20 cold white LEDs have been coupled with narrow and medium optics to give an extremely homogeneous light output that emphasizes in a gentle way trunk and foliage of the palm trees.