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The pathway to smart urban lighting

It will also clarify the motives, objectives and expectations driving the demand for smart lighting

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Smart lighting points to convergences of infrastructure, data and control
Smart lighting points to convergences of infrastructure, data and control

An alliance of three parties have launched a joint research project which aims to show how municipalities worldwide understand intelligent lighting.


The London School of Economics Configuring Light research group will be carrying out design and realisation of the research project in association with lighting manufacturer, Osram Lighting, and Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), an international network of cities on urban lighting.


Smart lighting points to convergences of infrastructure, data and control, with potentials of efficiency, cost savings and improvements in the quality of life. However, “smart” means radically different things to municipalities and their stakeholders across the world – different technologies, development strategies, governance policies.


Through a global city survey and detailed case studies of five selected municipalities, the Pathways to Municipal Smart Lighting project will explore how different cities and towns are managing policy, implementation and governance of smart lighting.


It will clarify the motives, objectives and expectations driving the demand for smart lighting, compare challenges and opportunities for cities worldwide, and provide information on which strategic routes municipalities will follow in the future with their intelligent lighting


This includes how the topic fits into visions and plans for the urban future of towns and cities and how smart lighting can be realised within the framework of specific public policies.


The results of the project are scheduled to be presented at the LUCI Annual General Meeting in November 2018.


Configuring Light is an interdisciplinary research programme based in the sociology department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). It explores the role lighting plays in our everyday life to help build a better social knowledge basis for lighting design interventions.


Dr Don Slater, co-founder of Configuring Light and associate professor (reader) in sociology at LSE, will be leading the Pathways to Municipal Smart Lighting project.


LUCI and Configuring Light have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to move lighting up the social and political agenda as a central aspect of urban life and well-being.


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