Turin, home to almost a million inhabitants, the capital of the Piedmont Region, is located north-west Italy at the bottom of the Alpine foothills of this region. It’s the 3rd economic hub in Italy with its industries, SMEs and tourism.
During the last twenty years, Turin has undergone major changes: New districts were developed, which together with the restoration of the city center have changed Turin into a more liveable and accessible city. The Winter Olympic Games, hosted in 2006, were the opportunity to showcase a different side of the city: Turin, previously known just as an industrial city, was recognised for its rich historical and cultural heritage and its beautiful landscape.
Today, the city is known as a city of art, sports and engineering, as a research hub… and as the place to be for chocolate lovers!
PUBLIC LIGHTING MANAGEMENT
Public lighting activities the city is responsible for:
- street lighting
- decorative and architectural lighting
- festive lighting
Maintenance of public lighting:
The maintenance of public lighting is managed through a service team for breakdowns and malfunctions. Besides this, there are both an annual and a long-time plan of maintenance which provide for planned services like:
- changes of lamps
- checking of the rust level of utility poles and possible replacements
- checking supporting cables
- checking switchboards and transformer rooms
- painting poles
All the activities are outsourced.
The P.R.I.C – « Piano regolatore dell’illuminazione comunale » (City Lighting Plan) and of the P.L.D. – « Piano della luce decorativa » (Decorative Lighting Plan), were developed by the Enviroment Town Councillor Enzo Lavolta, with the help of IREN, the local electric supplier. The P.R.I.C answers the need for good lighting – essential for urban safety and energy saving – while the P.L.D. aims at enhancing architectonic and environmental landscapes by renewing 96.000 light sources (streetlamps, traffic and flashing lights, luminous roadsigns, monument lighting, etc.) in ten districts in Turin and restoring the historical and typical ones.
Therefore these two documents aim above all at warranting electricity and safety in every corner of the city, optimising the economic management of the whole electrical system and cutting down the light pollution and the running costs through the use of high-efficiency and long-life lamps, such as LED ones, as a replacement for incandescent lamps.
The plan was updated by IREN and the City in 2010 and it points out the main guidelines about planning private and public external electrical systems according to the most recent legislation about security of bikers and car traffic at night, management economy, promotion of the night view of Turin, energy saving, reduction of light pollution, coordination services from the view point of urban fabric.
Some implemented projects
- the renovation of the public electrical systems of a district called Barriera di Milano
- the lighting of the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli (via Cavour/via Carlo Alberto)
LIGHTING FACTS AND FIGURES
- Number of lighting points: 100 875
- Total power used for public lighting (kW): 19 029
Each year, Turin is host to the Luci d’Artista light festival, which turns Turin into an open-air gallery by night. It shows artworks created by famous Italian and international artists and explores the interaction between art and the urban landscape through the use of light. Some of the installations become part of the city’s permanent light art collection.
The City of Turin is a partner in the EU-funded, LUCI-led project Light & Art in Public Spaces.
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