LUCI Publications

As the worldwide resource centre for urban lighting, we capitalise on and leverage the knowledge and experiences from cities and lighting professionals within our network and the broader urban lighting ecosystem. We regularly edit and publish materials addressing key issues in urban lighting today, showcasing latest developments and best practices.

Cities & Lighting Magazine

Cities & Lighting Magazine #11
Transforming cities with Light Art

Following the International Conference held in Turin in November 2023 in the context of the EU co-funded project LAiPS (Light & Art in Public Spaces), we wanted to report findings and share with everyone the insights of speakers and experts, and deep dive into how light art can bring life to public spaces.

This edition also features:

>> A perspective on The future of Light Art in cities by Marco Bevolo, PhD.

>> Spotlight articles on Light Art related topics such as the international journey of the co-created Beacon of Hope, but also a view on how Light Art can change the world from creative angles to imagine the city of tomorrow, and an overview of the Light & Art Map, a new tool for cities.

Cities & Lighting Magazine #10
Lighting urban parks: finding balance between light and darkness

In this 10th edition of the LUCI Cities & Lighting Magazine, we focus on one of the essential layers of our cities: green spaces and urban parks. How to illuminate these spaces is starting to become a major concern for urban policy makers that must respond to different and conflicting needs.

This edition also features:

? Many different perspectives on new lighting masterplans including the views of the cities of Leipzig and Geneva

? How cities are tackling the energy crisis, featuring examples from the cities of Budapest, Vilnius, Paris, Gothenburg, and few others

? A perspective of public lighting and its challenges in Australia

? Introductions to the winning projects of the LUCI Cities & Lighting Awards

? A look at several LUCI’s ongoing projects such as European projects LAiPS and ENLIGHTENme

Cities & Lighting Magazine #9
Smart Lighting: paving the way to a sustainable future

The latest issue of Cities & Lighting focuses on how smart lighting is paving the way to a sustainable future – from pilots to large-scale deployments, from challenges to opportunities.

This edition also features:

Highlights from the cities of London, Medellin, Reykjavik and Rotterdam, among others;

An interview with the new LUCI President, Meri Lumela, Chair of the City Board of Jyväskylä;

A different perspective on life and light in the city from Glasgow’s City Urbanist;

A look at co-creating urban lighting initiatives with partners from the Lucia – Lighting the Baltic Sea Region project

Cities & Lighting Magazine #8
Light festivals: starting with the why

Look at light festivals from a fresh angle and go beyond already much discussed economic and touristic potentials of such events to explore their many other positive aspects. We wanted to start with the why and look at light festivals in Europe, Asia and America.

This edition also features:

? The World Bank’s perspective on the potentials of street lighting and how it can be a catalyst for sustainable growth for cities in Southeast Asia

? Many other articles to highlight the different potentials of urban lighting around the world

Cities & Lighting Magazine #7
Night in a new light

With the spread of electric public lighting in the 19th century, the significance of the night fundamentally changed for us human beings. The emergence of 24-hour cities combined with the potentials of smart lighting bring a new paradigm shift and many questions for lighting professionals. Governance of the night is one of the most burning questions to address today, as more and more cities – from Amsterdam to Paris to Sydney – are beginning to realise.

This edition also addresses other major issues for urban lighting professionals – from the more pragmatic issue of coordinating public and private lighting in the public realm, to the question with far reaching implications of the interoperability of smart lighting and data infrastructure.

Cities & Lighting Magazine #6
Urban lighting in West African cities

This 6th edition of the Cities & Lighting magazine remains true to previous editions: broaden our horizons, learn about other lighting cultures and how cities are implementing their lighting strategies.

This is also the objective that led us to Dakar, Senegal in May 2017, to build a regional meeting space on urban lighting for cities from North and West Africa. The focus of this edition is specifically dedicated to lighting in African cities, and we hope that it will not only inform you on the main challenges and opportunities of urban lighting in Africa, but also inspire you for your own practice.

The value of the LUCI network is that we co-create solutions together with the local administrations, the lighting industry and knowledge institutes. Solutions that work for the people that live in the cities, and also in co-creation with these citizens.

The idea was to start an open dialogue, and to ask directly those responsible for lighting in Dakar, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Abomey, Porto Novo, Saint Louis, Chefchaouen and Rabat what were their urban lighting strategies, practices and challenges. The resulting event confirmed our expectations and we certainly intend to continue our work together with cities and their partners in light in Africa. The main section of this magazine has therefore been dedicated to sum up, assemble and bring additional information on these questions, as we seek to capitalise on our events, build further knowledge and take actions together.

In addition to exploring these new dimensions of city lighting in Africa, LUCI has also been creating partnerships with key actors in the field of light such as the IALD and the LSE, which you can read about in the next pages of this issue.

Enjoy reading!

Cities & Lighting Magazine #5
Lighting in city climate change agendas

For this 5th Edition of Cities & Lighting, we focus on a crucial topic for all cities worldwide. How can urban lighting help cities achieve their climate targets? With examples from Paris, Copenhagen, Seattle, Adelaide, Rotterdam and Seoul, in addition to cities from Russia and India, we give you a variety of approaches that show how some ambitious cities are leading the way.

But we also wanted to look at the larger picture, how this is not only about changing lights to LEDs, but about considering the entire urban lighting lifecycle, and how well-planned processes with optimised intelligent technologies can help us reach the next level. Our planet needs all of us to be innovative, to work together to improve our everyday actions and progress towards the future that we desire. This is also what “sustainable” means.

In this issue of Cities & Lighting, you will be struck by the fact that light is used as a tool to change cities in many different ways. Out of all these lighting initiatives and projects, bridges and public squares are often the beating hearts of our cities. Connecting people and co-creating meeting spaces designed with people is definitely a core objective of cities’ urban lighting strategies.

Let’s not forget this on our journey together for a better quality of life in cities.

Enjoy reading!

Cities & Lighting Magazine #4
Tackling light pollution

Light pollution is a broad and complex issue. There is no simple solution, no magic panacea to tackle all its far-reaching implications. Today, some cities are taking steps to act against this form of pollution, as they are also addressing other types of pollution and nuisance. As members of the LUCI network, committed to using light as a tool for sustainable urban, social and economic development, we know how essential urban lighting is to a city.

However, we also agree that using artificial light in an excessive or improper way can be a source of pollution that has negative effects on humans and our natural environment.

For cities, addressing light pollution is about finding the right balance – balance between the need for light and the need for darkness; balance between the level of light and perception of safety, balance between developing attractive new lighting technologies and using those new opportunities in a respectful way. Cities and their partners have at their disposal a varied range of measures to tackle light pollution, from prevention to awareness raising and education, harm reduction to regulation.

The LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting signed since 2010 by more than 50 cities worldwide, signals that to implement sustainable lighting, cities should consider the environmental and ecological impacts of light. It underlines the importance of creating comfortable light environments and protecting darker areas, as well as improving the design of lighting products and lighting strategies to reduce light pollution.

This edition of Cities & Lighting is focused on understanding the topic of light pollution in its many dimensions and it brings together some examples of how cities are tackling the issue today to improve the quality of life of their citizens. We hope that it may help raise awareness and engage further dialogue among cities all over the world.

Cities & Lighting Magazine #3
Lighting master plans

After an edition focused on “lighting heritage sites”, this new issue of Cities & Lighting takes a step back to look at lighting master plans. Lighting master plans have enabled cities across the globe to consider the relationship between city and light. They are the backbone of lighting urban policies.

We are now seeing the second or third versions of the lighting master plans that started to emerge in Europe in the early 1990s.

Through these master plans, cities have not only conceived lighting policies that create a coherent lighting signature in city centres, they have also allowed for disconnected areas across the city to become part of the whole. Today, lighting master plans designed by cities face a triple challenge. The first is the interconnection of technologies and the coordination of various stakeholders to better integrate lighting with other components of the smart city. The second is the inclusion of citizens that are increasingly involved in public policies relating to their quality of life at night. The third challenge is the never ending quest for an improved sustainability of lighting policies, especially in terms of energy efficiency.

It is fascinating to see how something cities all share in common – the many challenges and concerns of the night-time, can result in such a varied range of solutions and different nightscapes! This is the richness of the LUCI network that favours exchange of experiences on these topics on a worldwide basis. We hope that this issue of Cities & Lighting will provide information and inspiration for cities and underline the importance of a comprehensive city light planning approach.

Cities & Lighting Magazine #2
Lighting heritage sites

After addressing one of the most burning topics in city lighting today – smart lighting for smart cities – in the first issue of our “Cities and lighting” magazine, this new edition is somewhat going back in time to focus on the lighting of heritage sites.

Starting in the 1980s, the illumination of heritage sites and architectural or institutional symbols of cities was indeed the first major step in using light beyond its most functional aspects. It radically changed the image of many cities, and opened the way to the development of lighting master plans that went far beyond single buildings or the simple objective of promoting the identity of a city.

Nevertheless, and although the spheres of application of urban lighting and its potentials have been widely developed over the years, the lighting of heritage sites remains an important element in any city lighting strategy. Moreover, many changes have occurred: lighting design as a profession is now fully developed, new lighting technologies are available, and cities have also learned from past experiences… The notion of what heritage is has also expanded, as well as the care and attention brought to our urban and architectural history.

For cities worldwide, heritage lighting therefore still has a bright future. Through examples and testimonies from lighting professionals, this issue of our magazine shows once again how respect, culture and diversity are key words in lighting up our cities. Three words that take an even greater dimension in this International Year of Light!

Cities & Lighting Magazine #1
Smart lighting for smart cities

Cities worldwide are increasingly realising that urban lighting can provide solutions to some of the major challenges facing our societies. It can play a central role in the sustainable urban development of cities. It is also becoming a real public policy tool for cities that aim to be smarter and more “intelligent”.

However many questions still remain open for cities that seek to develop forward-thinking lighting strategies. The arrival of new technologies on the market, as well as the smart potentials lighting can now offer, triggers new questions and doubts to which cities need solid and reliable answers.

In this context, the LUCI network plays an important role. By giving the opportunity for municipal decision makers to meet, exchange their experiences, and share their knowledge and know-how, it constitutes a useful tool in the decision making process.

LUCI’s new “Cities and Lighting” magazine made for cities and based on their input will contribute to this same objective. It will explore, analyse and look into the ways light can support the urban, social and economic development of cities.

As a new voice in the debates and discussions on lighting, it will aim to reflect the specific approach of cities on lighting issues, and I hope it will be a source of inspiration and motivation for all cities.

If you are a LUCI member and would like to order more print copies of Cities & Lighting, please contact luci@luciassociation.org.

Thematic Publications

Cities’ Guide to Smart Lighting
2021

Cities are confronted with the question of how to deal with developments toward smart lighting. How can we help cities form their vision on smart lighting, choose their development paths, and support possible actions towards realisation?

The Cities’ Guide to Smart Lighting is a white paper, from cities, for cities.

Initiated by LUCI within the framework of the Interreg Northwest Europe co-funded project, SMART-SPACE, this white paper is the result of a one-year collective process gathering cities and experts in Europe and beyond.

A process involving in-depth interviews with international experts in the domain, co-creation sessions with city working groups, and a wide-ranging consultation with the members of the LUCI network.

This document was co-financed by the SMART-SPACE project funded by Interreg Northwest Europe.

Exploring City Nightscapes
2020

Cities are confronted with the question of how to deal with developments toward smart lighting. How can we help cities form their vision on smart lighting, choose their development paths, and support possible actions towards realisation?

The Cities’ Guide to Smart Lighting is a white paper, from cities, for cities.

Initiated by LUCI within the framework of the Interreg Northwest Europe co-funded project, SMART-SPACE, this white paper is the result of a one-year collective process gathering cities and experts in Europe and beyond.

A process involving in-depth interviews with international experts in the domain, co-creation sessions with city working groups, and a wide-ranging consultation with the members of the LUCI network.

This document was co-financed by the SMART-SPACE project funded by Interreg Northwest Europe.

Light & Art in Public Spaces
2016

The LUCI publication Light & Art in Public Spaces demonstrates how light and art – from creating a piece of public art with light, to lighting an existing work of art, to illuminating urban underpasses, or transforming buildings into landmarks through light – offers multiple opportunities to cities.

Through case studies from Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Lyon, Rotterdam and Turin, this book provides cities the tools to develop urban light and art projects.

The Social Dimensions of Light
2011

The publication aims to define the concept of social lighting and draws attention to concrete experiences and exemplary practices in this domain with case studies from 12 cities world-wide such as Medellin, Bangkok, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Gwangju, Brussels, and Le Havre, among others.

It is a product of the LUCI Urban Strategies Commission chaired by the City of Liege which had initiated a reflection on the social dimensions of light in collaboration with the University of Liege (LEMA).

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Cities and light planning
2010

The publication aims to define the concept of social lighting and draws attention to concrete experiences and exemplary practices in this domain with case studies from 12 cities world-wide such as Medellin, Bangkok, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Gwangju, Brussels, and Le Havre, among others.

It is a product of the LUCI Urban Strategies Commission chaired by the City of Liege which had initiated a reflection on the social dimensions of light in collaboration with the University of Liege (LEMA).

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More Publications

LUCI Declaration for the Future of Urban Lighting

Lighting is an essential tool for mobility, economy, culture and social cohesion of cities, which has led to the development of urban lighting strategies and projects and events around light.

But in a context of climate and energy crisis, increased awareness of light pollution and the effects of light on biodiversity and human health, it is now necessary to consider light as a precious public good, to be used with care, at the right time and at the right level.

The challenge is to promote an inclusive public space accessible to all citizens after dark, to improve the safety and comfort of public spaces, to strengthen local identity and economic development, while minimising the environmental and ecological footprint of light.

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LUCI Strategic Plan (2017-2027)

The LUCI Strategic Plan 2017-2027 was drafted during the year 2016 by a working group of cities composed of Albertslund, Eindhoven, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Lyon and Seoul, following a consultation workshop with LUCI members during the City under Microscope in Gothenburg in April 2016, as well as an online survey collecting feedback from all members.
The Strategic Plan sets out the LUCI mission and vision for years to come. It also explains the strategic orientations of the Association, while creating a framework of Pillars for thematic programs. It will cover the period 2017-2027 and will be reviewed periodically with a mid-point evaluation in 2022.
The Strategic Plan was adopted by the LUCI Executive Committee representing the members of the Association and approved by the LUCI AGM in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 3 November 2016.

LUCI Charter

The LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting aims to bring cities together around common principles in lighting and to mark the network’s commitment to sustainable development. It is the product of contributions from more than 40 cities around the world and more than a year of work led within the network by the City of Leipzig.

This Charter aims to give a clear view of the issues that should be taken into account by sustainable lighting strategies, while simultaneously gathering LUCI members around a common vision of urban lighting. The Charter addresses challenges common to all:  energy efficiency, improvement of the quality of life, maintenance, recycling, light pollution, the cultural and social dimensions of lighting…

Above all, it provides a reference framework within which towns and cities can develop their own lighting strategies.

 

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