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Five reasons to switch to smart public lighting in cities

Five reasons to switch to smart public lighting in cities

Climate factors and high costs are forcing change in public lighting in big cities and beyond. Public lighting must become smart in order to be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible, but also for other reasons that we invite you to discover in this article.

Cities change as pressure mounts

Cities are in a constant state of flux, evolving right before our eyes. It is crucial that their transformation embraces smart solutions to confront the challenges of today. With climate change, the advancements in renewable energy, and the ever-growing energy demands, the structure of the world's megalopolises - the densely populated urban areas housing over 10 million people - is being reshaped. According to United Nations projections, nearly two-thirds of the global population will reside in these bustling metropolises by 2030. Given the pivotal role that cities play in our lives, it becomes even more vital to ensure that the urban landscape is intelligently organized to effectively cater to the diverse lifestyles and needs of contemporary individuals in every possible aspect.


Street lighting makes a difference

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Smart street lighting, also referred to as adaptive lighting, encompasses intelligent solutions that utilize efficiency, remote control, and LED technology. This innovative approach responds to usage patterns by adjusting the brightness of the lights when motion sensors detect no movement, and intensifying the illumination when activity is detected within the designated area. Furthermore, smart street lighting systems can be customized to adapt to road traffic conditions or integrated with monitoring systems that consider factors such as vehicle flow, weather conditions, and the natural light available.

Street lighting has become widespread and more effective, distinguishing modern metropolises from cities of the past prior to the 19th century. While today's public street lighting has significantly advanced from the oil lamps of Ancient Rome, a considerable portion of the current infrastructure relies on outdated technology.

Consequently, the result is subpar illumination, frequent malfunctions, environmental pollution, and inefficient energy usage. Lighting alone accounts for approximately 25% of energy expenditure in urban areas.


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Smart street lighting saves energy and costs

Through the replacement of outdated public lighting infrastructure with cutting-edge technology, local governments can achieve significant energy and cost savings. Implementing a high-performance street lighting system tailored for smart cities allows for efficient energy usage by utilizing cameras and various sensors that enable real-time management and control of public spaces.


The new infrastructure offers several advantages, including swift identification of faults and errors, proactively preventing breakdowns and streamlining maintenance processes. Additionally, it provides the flexibility to integrate new features as they emerge, leveraging the existing sensor network. A broader impact of smart street lighting is its contribution to the entire city ecosystem, encompassing the safety of citizens and assets, enhanced mobility, effective building management, and improved energy efficiency.

LED lighting

LED lighting

Choose the most efficient LED technology for public lighting in your area.

Remote control technologies

Remote control technologies

Real time control of the adaptive ecosystem of streetlights with smart sensors.

Remote control means flexibility

In addition to our extensive range of LED products, we provide remote control solutions that offer flexibility in managing smart street lighting infrastructure. Our offerings extend beyond adaptive lighting, as we enable the integration of new services like video surveillance and environmental monitoring to address pollution concerns. Our user-friendly interface, "Control Room," facilitates efficient management of street lighting and provides intuitive data visualization. This comprehensive tool allows users to easily track and share data, generate reports, and access multimedia content, fostering collaboration at all levels.

Architecture and art, displayed at their best

Smart lighting plays a crucial role in creating a harmonious perception of architecture and artworks within their surrounding spaces. Our dedication to this principle is evident in over 1,500 projects we have undertaken worldwide. These projects encompassed comprehensive restoration efforts for architectural lighting in renowned locations like the Pantheon in Rome, Italy, the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Italy, and the majestic Real Alcazar palace in Seville, Spain. Through these endeavors, we have showcased our commitment to enhancing the visual experience of iconic spaces through smart lighting design. 


We offer comprehensive support throughout every stage of a project, regardless of its scale, providing services ranging from design to financing. Our expertise encompasses construction, materials supply, installation, and maintenance. With the ever-evolving urban landscape, Enel X presents a comprehensive portfolio of solutions, beginning with lighting. By doing so, we ensure that the transformation process is intelligent, efficiently managed, sustainable, and delivers time, energy, and cost savings for each of our valued customers.