More sustainable street lighting and a better lit city

The plan to renew street lighting from 2018 to 2020 and move towards a more efficient, convenient and safer city, entails the replacement of 10,000 lights with low consumption LEDs offering a greater sensation of luminosity. Priority will go to lighting which is obsolete or which has electrical safety issues, as well as streets which are poorly lit.

27/11/2017 14:54 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The city has over 146,000 lights, between street lighting and decorative or artistic lighting. Their job is to illuminate public spaces and achieve the right balance between practicality and aesthetics, taking into account pedestrians, sustainability and urban greenery, as well as highlighting the most iconic architecture.

The priority of the plan is to renew fittings in poor condition which were already in need of maintenance or which frequently stop working. These lights date back to before 1976 and have a high consumption. At the same time, lights in streets which are poorly lit or where they affect trees will also be renewed. The work to be done has been decided according to needs identified in the districts.

Work in 200 city streets

The street lighting renewal plan for 2018-2020 includes remodelling lighting in 200 city streets. In all, 10,000 new LED lights will be installed, offering a greater sensation of luminosity and safety in public places, also meaning an energy saving of 5%, the equivalent to the electricity consumption of 1,550 families.

Street lighting accounts for 20% of the City Council’s energy consumption. The new plan means 20% of the overall lighting system will use LEDs, 64% sodium lights and 8% halogen lamps. It also means being able to do away with mercury vapour lamps, the system which pollutes the most.

Work to renew lighting will be carried out between January 2018 and autumn 2020.


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