Urbis Schréder: Adaptive Lighting at Frankfurt Light+Build 2020

We’ve spent the last few months talking about the way that Public Realm lighting is changing. Clients are looking for more attractive ways of lighting spaces – and the shift towards smart communications shows no sign of falling away.

At Frankfurt Light+Build, Schréder will be announcing its new campaign to engage manufacturer and user client; Cities that People Love to Live In is based on four key themes – Character; Community; Environment; Future. It’s a way for the company to say to its clients . . . ”You’re the important ones here. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’re here to make sure that you achieve it.”

Schréder is taking a layered approach to scheme design; one that starts from client ambitions and moves through a design approach that can be fine-tuned to meet those demands. It is Adaptive Lighting, and the key focus is on achieving desired outcomes rather than on providing stock solutions to unique issues.

Here are two examples of Adaptive Lighting in practice:


SHUFFLE is a smart-based multi-functional, modular, system. As the name might suggest, the SHUFFLE is a modular system, built from components that can be shifted around according to need, with flexibility at its core. A solution that offers better site management within the Public Realm infrastructure.

Multiple lighting options

SHUFFLE lighting modules offer a variety of lighting options. As well as the conventional post-top, all-round, light pattern, it includes a 180° alternative for more onsite control, as well as focused lighting solutions for more specific locations.


Lighting is necessarily everywhere in the urban environment and the ‘street light’ has always been the obvious place to locate internet connections. SHUFFLE provides WLAN modules that are suited for both public and private outdoor spaces. The system also provides telecom operators the possibility to acquire sites to deploy 4G/5G in cities.


SHUFFLE can also ‘speak’ to those who are close to it. A coloured Light Ring module can be programmed to provide colour sequences and/or flashing light for use in crowd management, emergency situations, or as indicators for EV charging stations (see below)


Being able to see, and record, what’s going on in our public spaces has become a necessity. The SHUFFLE range includes a security camera module which, when combined with loudspeaker, intercom and emergency push button means that safety within the public spaces can be enhanced, helping the remote operational teams to monitor city-centre activity.


SHUFFLE can incorporate advanced EV charging stations. Combined with the informational Light Ring, drivers can see at a glance whether the charging station is free or busy.

Bringing it all together

Despite its very active role in serving the community, the design architecture of SHUFFLE provides a discreet lighting system, ideal for supporting civic and venue identity for all outdoor environments.



FLEXIA is a brand-new Schréder luminaire platform.

It is adaptable to meet clients’ design demands, via its range of finishes, housings and modular accessories. It is designed to personalise the urban space.

With its modular approach FLEXIA has also been designed to meet the needs of today’s stringent lighting requirements. It can provide solutions for al environmental conditions, including dark-sky standards. And the system connectivity that is expected within today’s modern city control strategies is readily available.

FLEXIA has also been designed to meet the demands of the Circular Economy. Installations can be consistently updated to meet the changing aesthetics of the city, offering stylistic enhancements as well as maintaining – and improving – light performance criteria . . . offering guarantees for the city’s light infrastructure long into the future.

See FLEXIA for the first time at Frankfurt Light+Build 2020.

At Frankfurt Light+Build, Schréder will demonstrate how FLEXIA is creating a new standard in luminaire design.  Through efficiency in design and augmented design tools, Schréder will show how FLEXIA can support a journey of Cities that People want to Live in.


Working with the Circular Economy

It’s in the nature of modular design that fixtures can be dismantled and components replaced as required. The real question, though, is what happens to the components that have been removed. Its no longer considered responsible to recycle the materials – that brings its own carbon footprint that needs to be avoided.

The modular design of the SHUFFLE and FLEXIA means that each part of the system can, in turn, be dismantled and reduced to its individual components that can be re-purposed according to future need.

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