Skip to main content

Light plays a key role in the design of a visual environment. Working and moving is only possible if we have light to see. Architecture, people and objects are visible only when there is light. Light is an important factor in how we perceive our environment, influencing the way we feel and our reaction to a space.

In lighting projects, we distinguish between two different approaches: relighting and new lighting. But what is the difference between the two? And what are the advantages?

What is Relighting?

Relighting is replacing existing lighting with more energy-efficient LED lighting. This can be done for various reasons, including to improve the aesthetics of the room, to increase the amount of light or to reduce energy costs.

Another nice new word for relighting is verledden, introduced by the city of Leuven to signal that they will convert all ordinary street lighting to LED lighting (source:

The benefits of Relighting

Energy is expensive and every kilowatt hour counts. That is why more and more companies, cities (e.g: Leuven, Genk and Pelt), and organisations are looking for concrete ways to reduce energy consumption.

One of the most effective ways to do this is by relighting with LED lighting. By replacing the old light sources with energy-efficient LEDs and combining them with smart steering we can make a energy savings of as much as 85% obtain.

Because Relighting involves replacing the original lighting, people may well be put off by the high potential investment. Replacing everything, from cabling to luminaires, costs a lot of money, doesn't it? Fortunately, this is not so bad! We namely simply retain the existing cabling, we use fully wireless control of lighting so that we avoid additional installation costs.

Wondering how we work on a Relighting project? See here for more information and a detailed roadmap!

Find out how we can help your business with sustainable and more efficient LED lighting. LED's talk

Premiums for Relighting

Since replacing old lighting has a lot of financial as well as ecological benefits, there is the possibility of applying for a grant. Cities, provinces and energy companies regularly offer attractive grants for investments in energy-saving projects such as relighting.

For example, Fluvius offers a premium of up to maximum €20,000 for relighting. By this they mean the complete removal of existing lighting (luminaires and lamps), the performance of a lighting study and a completely new lighting installation. The premium is valid for all pre-2006 buildings and can only be granted once per room.

More information on the Fluvius premium and conditions can be found here.

What is New lighting?

New lighting is the installation of new LED lighting in a room where there was no lighting before.

With new installations, it goes without saying that we use energy-efficient LEDs. These LEDs themselves consume very little, and thanks to the application of smart control, we can achieve a additional energy savings of up to 50% reach!

The advantages of New lighting

Because at New lighting you start from scratch, we have the ability to really tailor the lighting to your needs. We take into account various factors such as the type of room, the activities that will take place there and, of course, your own preferences.

A successful lighting plan should be integrated into the design at an early stage. This allows light points to be carefully chosen according to the intended concept. By taking the lighting design into account as early as the concept phase, lighting can enhance the perception of space, enhance activity within a room or highlight prominent areas.

Wondering how we work on a lighting project? For more information on our light services, click here!

Lighting Design by Project Nekton

Lighting design or lighting design is the process of installing lighting in spaces. It is part of any architectural and interior design where the designer needs to know all the important aspects of lighting that can affect a space.

As lighting designers, we bring together our creative approach and lighting expertise to deliver outstanding results. Project Nekton conceives, designs and creates lighting schemes that support your story and create emotion. Our expertise in entertainment and architectural lighting design allows us to design atmospheres that create, shape and enhance all different types of experiences.

Want to know more? Contact us for a no-obligation discussion of the possibilities!

Find out how we can help your business with sustainable and more efficient LED lighting. LED's talk