Cities “more liveable” with LEDs

February 28th, 2012, Published in Articles: Vector

by Maciej Debowski, Philips Lighting

Lighting plays a central role in how people feel about their city or town. That’s why the illumination of streets and pedestrian areas has evolved from simple functional lighting into a more demanding and creative discipline.

Lighting should not only provide illumination, but should do so in a pleasing and inviting way. It should promote communication and a sense of well-being, and encourage the city or town’s night life. Luminaires for street and pedestrian lighting also have an architectural role to play. During the day, they become an integral part of the street scene.

For many years, residential lighting was purely functional. Although safety, security and orientation remain essential requirements, there is now a drive to improve customers’ quality of life, creating a pleasing identity for these often-overlooked parts of the city.

Fig. 1: Street illumination is a demanding and creative discipline.


The lighting landscape is changing fast, driven by factors such as the energy revolution and legislative pressures such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Energy Using Products (EuP) Directive.

To help municipal decision makers keep up to date with the latest developments and the best solutions for creating a sustainable city, Philips Lighting has launched its “Sustainable Cities” drive. This is the company’s way of helping urban authorities reduce energy consumption to lower CO2 emissions, and to improve the quality of life in their towns and cities.

The company has a long-standing commitment to providing lighting solutions that improve people’s lives and are environmentally sound. This is one of the cornerstones of its sustainability policy through which it strives to balance its social, economic and environmental responsibilities.

The four key themes at the heart of this sustainability drive for urban lighting are white light; energy management; night preservation and solid-state lighting.

Cities want to create an identity, branding themselves as unique, beautiful and secure. High-quality white light can transform the night scene, enhancing urban architecture and creating an inviting ambience that encourages more people to spend time there.

The long life of LED sources means fewer fixture replacements and therefore fewer lamps to discard. Some LED fixture manufacturers use close to 100% recyclable materials and components in their fixtures, and engineer their fixtures so that they can be disassembled for recycling purposes.  
Contact Maciej Debowski, Philips Lighting, Tel 011 471-5302,

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