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Where traditional elegance
meets modern style



Gradignan is a commune in the Gironde department in south-west France and a suburb of Bordeaux, recently recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Every year, 6 million tourists admire how the city has successfully preserved its 18th century elegance and combined it with modern 21st century French style.

Gradignan, France

I worked closely
with Philips

on a complete lighting set design to make sure that both the lighting effect and the physical appearance of the luminaires would be a good fit in the area”


- François Magos, Lighting designer

Customer challenge


The idea of implementing a new lighting system that provides a more esthetic fit with the downtown image of Gradignan was initiated by lighting designer François Magos. At the same time, it seemed logical to move to a more efficient light source by upgrading the existing conventional lighting to LED in order to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs . In addition, the new lighting also  had to contribute to initiatives like city beautification, increased safety, and an improved quality of life.

The right lighting

Philips Lighting was asked to come up with a proposal that would enable the town to achieve these multiple objectives. The number one priority for Magos was to find an aesthetically pleasing light source capable of delivering excellent quality of light. Based on these requirements, Philips Lighting proposed its Ocean LED with dedicated bracket options. It was very well received by both Magos and the town authorities. 


As discussions had also focused on scalable technology that would meet not only Gradignan’s current needs but its future requirements too, the city also showed interest in the Philips CityTouch remote lighting management system. It didn’t take long for all stakeholders to be  convinced by its benefits, and opt for this system.


As the originally proposed light source – which was in line with the lighting designer’s proposals – was not CityTouch Ready, modifications had to be made to enable the light source to be connectable to the remote lighting management system. But it was worth all the efforst! The town now has attractive and aesthetically pleasing  high quality of light in line with the desired night-time image.

Increased attractiveness and improved image
Energy savings of 65%
Reduced maintenance
Operational excellence through remote management and monitoring
Flexibility by enabling the option of scheduling
  • Ocean Road LED
    Ocean Road LED
    Designed for mounting heights of 4 to 9 m, the Ocean Road LED luminaire combines compactness, finesse and efficiency. Its graceful, fluid lines harmonize discreetly with all types ...

A perfect fit for the Bordeaux area

The Team

Municipality of Gradignan


Francois Magos

Lighting Designer

Citeos Vinci


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