Like in Singapore: First “Green Lamps” Installed in Prague

Two benches with LED lamps and climbing plants have already been installed in Prague 6 (Dejvická and Hradčanská stops).

Such lamp benches will help green the city, illuminate it, save electricity and become a place of rest for local residents.

Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore are an engineering marvel. They are equipped with solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems that are used for irrigation. The trunks are vertical gardens, and at the top of the trees, you can dine in a restaurant.

Singapore’s Supertrees inspired Prague authorities to create the first green lamps in the city. The production of two five-meter structures cost about half a million crowns. The lamps will be tested for three years.

“The Czech University of Agriculture asked us if it would be possible to test this lamp in an urban environment. Moreover, we already have several strategic projects regarding how the city should respond to future climate change, and one of these topics is greening,” says Ondřej Kolář, Mayor of Prague 6.

“This supertree is also unique in the fact that it is inspired by foreign countries, namely Singapore, where there are illuminated lamps resembling a tree,” added deputy chairman Tomáš Novotný.

Climbing plants were grown by the Czech Agricultural University specifically for this project. Five species have been selected that will stay green all year round, and some will even have edible fruit.

According to the university, this year it is important to root the plants so they grow and bear fruit next year.

These lamps will help save up to 50% of electricity compared to conventional street lamps. In the summer they will provide more shade, which will help keep the asphalt from glowing and releasing harmful fumes into the air.

If the project proves successful, it will be expanded to other parts of Prague.

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