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    Bègles is a municipality in the county of Gironde in south-west France. With approximately 25,000 inhabitants, it’s a suburb of the city of Bordeaux, the country’s fifth largest city. In 2007, UNESCO recognized Bordeaux as a World Heritage Site.

    Learn how the municipality of Bègles in France achieved increased energy savings and created a connection with its citizens using a custimized LED lighting solution from Philips.

    Metronomis had
    the added advantage

    of being able to project customized light displays."


    - Paul Trouillot, landscape architect

    Philips Lighting: Bègles project, France
    Philips Lighting: Bègles project, France

    Customer challenge


    Around 2010, the municipality decided to upgrade its urban lighting system. The key focus of the new project was to illuminate the busiest streets in the center of town. It was also critical that the new system delivered a high quality of light during the night and above all, that it made the town a better place to live for the local residents. What’s more, the system had to comply with French lighting regulations, particularly those governing spaces used by disabled people.

    Philips Lighting: Bègles project, France

    The right lighting


    The project was initiated back in 2010 but as discussions evolved and lighting technology rapidly developed, LED became the obvious choice if the municipality wanted to maximize energy savings and take other ecological factors into account.


    After deciding on LED lighting, more precisely selecting Metronomis LED and TownGuide luminaires,  the municipality also opted for Philips CityTouch, a remote lighting management system that enables lighting points to be monitored, managed and measured via easy-to-use web applications. It also allows city authorities to gain insights into the state of the installation by analyzing data provided by the system.


    The Bègles installation has already inspired several new projects in the wider region. For example, Saint-Médarden-Jalles, a western suburb of Bordeaux, has also installed Metronomis LED luminaires along with the Philips CityTouch lighting management system.

    Energy savings
    Energy savings of 70%
    high quality
    High quality of night-time light
    Special design
    Special design element resembling the city’s symbol
    Increased safety
    Increased safety and quality of life for local residents
    Welcoming environment
    Welcoming environment for disabled people
    Compliance with lighting
    Compliance with lighting regulations regarding disabled people (20 lux on the ground with 0.4 uniformity)
    Improved city image
    Improved city image
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    CityTouch is a software platform for outdoor lighting from Philips. It allows you to control street lights and analyze lighting data.

    A leading example for the region

    The Team

    Municipality of Bègles



    Urban planner

    Eiffage Energie Aquitaine


    Atelier Charrier


    Paul Trouillot

    Landscape architect

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