Intelligently managed public lighting can enrich a city’s identity and cultural life. Beautifully illuminated streets, facades, and public spaces invite people to enjoy the city at night, supporting commerce and encouraging people to attend cultural events and special celebrations, both indoors and outdoors. Dynamic lighting experiences can join with thoughtful functional lighting to strengthen the sense of community within the city and the city’s brand on the global stage.
Of course, public lighting costs money, like any other city service. In fact, street lighting represents one of the highest fixed costs for a city, and accounts for as much as 40% of a city’s energy use. Fortunately, cities can now make cost-effective and sustainable choices. The combination of LED street lighting and intelligent lighting management systems, like Philips CityTouch, offer many ways to cut urban lighting energy costs dramatically—up to 70%—while also reducing CO2 emissions and improving the quality of lighting across the city. Intelligent lighting management systems can also significantly reduce administrative and operational costs through remote monitoring, automation, and accurate data on assets and processes.