Pathways to Municipal Smart Lighting
The Pathways to Municipal Smart Lighting project is the first global, comparative study of municipal pathways to smart lighting.
Improving cities’ understanding of planning and implementation of smart lighting.
Smart lighting is part of the seemingly unstoppable move towards smart cities. But what do municipalities mean by smart lighting and how does it fit into their visions and plans for their urban futures and development? How are different cities around the world managing policy, implementation and governance of smart lighting? And how can other cities learn from them? The research project “Pathways to smart urban lighting” aims to answer some of these questions through a wide-ranging study of smart lighting in cities today.
- Phase 1: The survey (launched in April 2018)
“Pathways to smart urban lighting” will begin with a survey of municipalities, in the LUCI network and beyond. Cities will be asked about their smart lighting practices, feedback and perspectives. The survey will result in a preliminary mapping and database of municipal smart lighting policy, practice and planning.
Researchers from the Configuring Light research group of the London School of Economics will focus on differences in the meanings, objectives and motives driving the demand for smart lighting in cities. They will explore how smart lighting implementations are modelled and defined in the context of municipal development strategies. The project will also explore the governance, regulatory and legal structures for smart lighting implementations as well as the issues and expectations of concerned stakeholders (professional and commercial partners, citizen groups and the general public).
- Phase 2: The case studies
In addition, the project will highlight five case studies of model cities, analysing the choices they made regarding smart lighting. Researchers will conduct interviews and analyse documents related to city development policies and frameworks, smart lighting and smart city policy, and lighting policy and master planning.
- The results
The resulting report will be presented at the LUCI Annual General Meeting 2018 in Rabat. It will help cities at various stages of their smart lighting implementation process position themselves within this framework and identify further opportunities, actions and paths as they move forward with their smart lighting. It will help cities capitalise on the experience and choices of fellow cities in similar contexts.
Pathways to Municipal Smart Lighting is conducted by the London School of Economics (Configuring Light research group), in collaboration with LUCI. The projet is financially supported by Osram. This project was launched following the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between LUCI and LSE Configuring Light at the LUCI Annual General Meeting in November 2017.
NB: ‘Pathways to Municipal Smart Lighting’ is academic research. Information gathered from cities within its framework will not be used for commercial purposes or shared outside the LSE research group. The findings and conclusions, on the other hand, will be publicly and freely available for use by lighting professionals and municipalities to help them develop their smart lighting strategies.
Credits: City of Glasgow