Light Up Your City With Pride


    May 23rd, 2022


    Lighting plays a vital role in the way people experience a city, its landmarks and architecture. Whether buildings and structures are lit naturally or artificially, lighting is the medium that can bring an emotional value to architecture – helping create an experience for the visitors or occupiers. 


    Therefore, it would be safe to say that architecture and landmarks demand and deserve a highly stylized design aesthetic that pushes boundaries.


    Lighting is one of the most powerful means of breathing new life into these iconic structures that can herald a new era of urban design and beautification. As landmarks evolve, lighting designers must figure out how to illuminate these distinctive structures. Here is how.

    Getting it right


    Architectural lighting can create an appealing city identity, build civic pride, and attract tourists by illuminating buildings, monuments, and bridges. For instance, some projects we completed including the illuminated rivers project in London, the London Eye or even the Tramline for Stagecoach in Sheffield.


    It is vital to create a balance between lighting and architecture, and to do so; it's important to remember three key aspects of architectural lighting: aesthetics, function, and efficiency. Function cannot be overlooked. Spaces and buildings must be illuminated for visitors/occupants to have the desired experience while also staying safe. Energy efficiency, the need of the hour in the wake of the climate crisis, can be done by choosing efficient LED lighting and installing connected lighting to ensure there is no wasted light. If lighting can serve the right recipes with these critical aspects, consider the job half done.

    Southwark Bridge
    Illuminated River - Southwark Bridge, London

    What connected lighting can offer


    Connected systems can play a significant role in enabling lighting for landmarks and architectures to become even more energy-efficient, operationally efficient & sustainable. At Signify, we have led the way to innovate systems and solutions that offer exactly that.


    One such system is our Interact "connected lighting" system. Intelligent drivers and sensors are embedded into the light fixtures to create either a wired or wireless infrastructure allowing for full remote control and management of the lighting. A remote cloud-based system can also allow multiple sites to be connected to one common platform/dashboard. It then becomes much easy to take complete control of all the lighting across multisite and countries, from anywhere, at any time. Interact offers a flexible, cost-efficient, scalable system that meets unique needs and is easy to understand and operate. It is easy to take advantage of IoT technology to suit the needs of every facility. But this is just the beginning. Interact landmark, a solution for lighting up landmarks to light up the city's spirit using the power of data.


    Organisations can monitor, manage and program dynamic architectural lighting using the software, making it easy to create and trigger light shows from anywhere while simplifying maintenance to protect your investment. When coupled with our best-in-class energy-efficient LED lighting, it ensures maximum energy efficiency.


    Another such example is the Color Kinetics lighting solution that empowers lighting professionals to achieve their unique visions—and inspires new engagement and interactivity that can breathe life into landmarks and municipal spaces – historic and modern – with dynamic and innovative uses of LED light. Whether you're looking to replace failing, energy-intensive garage lighting, increase safety with public garden lights, drive tourism with historical site lighting, foster civic pride and unity using innovative architectural lighting on and in government buildings, or establish a more connected and sustainable city, Color Kinetics provides advanced, comprehensive LED lighting systems that attract visitors, make cities better places to live and work, and strengthen the identity of a region.

    The connected solution – in action


    The recently completed lighting project of the Tradeston Bridge in Glasgow is a great example of how existing infrastructure can be improved with architectural lighting and a connected lighting platform. Since its earliest foundations, the River Clyde has served Glasgow, channelling immigration, trade, and commerce and blossoming into its industrial heart. However, the riverside became a blank canvas for a vibrant new identity when the shipyards faded away. As part of this regeneration, Tradeston Bridge has recently been enhanced by a vibrant new lighting project that complements its eye-catching, wave-like structure and form. The lighting project was facilitated by Glasgow City Council as part of the City Deal' Clyde Waterfront and West End Innovation Quarter' program, which will deliver £113.9M capital investment and regenerate the river corridor for regional economic growth. The bridge's handrail has been fitted with custom stanchion lighting using Color Kinetics high-performance professional LED lighting products from Signify. The system is connected to Signify's Interact Landmark software application, which controls the lights from a central dashboard and offers the ability to monitor and manage performance and outages from a single, secure dashboard.

    Tradeston Bridge
    Tradeston Bridge, Glasgow

    In conclusion


    Light is one of the most powerful means of breathing new life into leading cities and metropolitan areas, heralding a new era of urban design and beautification. At Signify, we have lit bridges, monuments and landmarks around the world and seen first-hand the positive impact that dynamic architectural lighting has on transforming local communities and economies. The limits are defined by your imagination.

    About the author:

    Dervan Alleyne

    Dervan Alleyne


    Director Public and Sports Lighting Solutions, Signify UK&I

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    Nikita Mahajan
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    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2022, we had sales of EUR 7.5 billion, approximately 35,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in our operations in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for six consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

    Meydan Bridge

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