Prior to the project, public lighting on Texel suffered from several serious drawbacks. In addition to being highly energy-consuming, the lamps were burning too bright, giving off a strong orange-tinted glow into the sky. Depending on the location, there was either too much light or too little, which created the uncomfortable living environment. Furthermore, the light pollution on Texel was so strong that it looked like there was a giant cloud of light hanging over the island. Inefficient street lighting was an obstacle preventing the island from meeting its environmental goals. The way the island was illuminated was simply not right and that needed to change.