City of Cardiff shows a vision for lighting that goes way beyond illumination


Dec, 2017

It’s been a privilege for me to spend more time in the Welsh capital this year as the City of Cardiff has embarked on the installation of more than 14,000 Philips connected LED street lights. The aim? To help support safety, security and tourism in the city whilst helping reduce its carbon footprint through significant energy savings and increased operational efficiencies.

The innovative project covered all major traffic routes into the city and was achieved in just nine months. It followed a public consultation where Cardiff became the first UK city to choose LEDs with a colour temperature of 3,000 kelvin, which is what their residents emphasise as their choice of the right colour temperature. This provides the people of Cardiff and visitors alike with a warm white light that can be controlled remotely to ensure the right light level on each road or district.

The council’s target is to reduce its street lighting electricity charges by about 60%, that’s a saving of more than three-quarters of a million pounds every year.


For us at Philips Lighting, this installation also marks a little bit of history and we’re proud that this milestone project has taken place in Cardiff. It’s our 1,000th City Touch project delivering finite control and monitoring of their lighting assets as well as providing energy, maintenance and analytical data that was previously not available to city engineers.


So what tangible benefits will the people of Cardiff notice?

Chris Jones, Lead Electrical Officer at Cardiff City Council recently explains: “Our top priorities are to ensure maximum benefit for our residents and capitalise on potential cost and energy savings. Philips Lighting has given us an infrastructure that will grow with our needs and provide quality light to make our citizens feel safer. With continual monitoring, we can now respond instantly – such as increasing light levels at peak times outside schools and stadia and in the city centre.”

In the near future, the deployment of sensors that monitor weather patterns, temperature or noise levels can be utilised. This will allow city engineers to make more informed decisions, such as when and where gritters need to be deployed. Presence detection sensors will enable council leaders to understand better how many people are accessing or using certain areas or facilities in the city whilst allowing the lighting to respond to any such detection. Sensors and camera systems offer vital information to enable cities plan and keep areas safe, as well proving better facilities for the ever-evolving city’s needs.

Whilst energy saving is one advantage, another one is using lighting as a catalyst in enabling Cardiff’s desire to become a truly Smart City. Today, Cardiff already uses the relational database management system (SAP HANA) for financial purposes in the city. However the capability exists to easily enable this into an open data platform that can join together various systems used within the city such as transportation, traffic systems, pollution monitoring and lighting.

CityTouch is now in use in 37 countries including cities such as Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Los Angeles and the Greater Toronto Area. We’re thrilled to add Cardiff to the illustrious list.

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