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Urban lighting in Glasgow

In 1780 the first street lighting in was installed in Glasgow and from 1893, electric light began to be the norm. Today, as part of the City’s commitment to become net zero carbon the city is now rolling out energy efficient LED lighting and intelligent management systems across the city.

Artistic and architectural lighting has been successfully used by the city as a tourism and leisure attractor. Glasgow first launched a comprehensive programme of lighting key public and private buildings in 1986 as a means of enhancing the City’s image in preparation for the 1988 Garden Festival. In 2001 the City Council developed and implemented its first Lighting Strategy that saw the illumination of many of the City’s landmarks and saw the City host two successful light festivals (Radiance 05’ and 07’).

Glasgow’s architectural landmarks are often now depicted at night in marketing materials used to promote the city to an international audience – e.g., Kelvingrove Museum, the Hydro, Royal Exchange Square, The Mitchell Library and lighting schemes associated with public realm works, most notably in Buchanan Street.

  • Number of lighting points: + 74000 approximately

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