Barcelona: 60% of lighting renovation initiatives planned for 2021 already completed


lighting system that is more sustainable, more efficient, safer and more comfortable is being extended to the rest of the city, to improve the quality of urban space thanks to the initiatives provided for in the Lighting-Renovation Plan for 2021, which follows the criteria established in the Lighting Master Plan.

Boasting an investment of 7 million euros, the lighting system is being renovated from two approaches: on the one hand, through an improved sense of lighting and corrected dark spots and, on the other, through the introduction of efficient technologies.

The 60% of initiatives completed include the renovation of C/ Segle XX, in Horta-Guinardó, where façade street lamps have been replaced with pavement street lamps, located above street-lining trees, allowing the correction of dark parts in the street and lighting up pedestrian paths and the road surface alike. The initiatives are also being carried out along two sections in C/ València and C/ Llançà, in Eixample, improving the quality of the pavements’ lighting with the installation of double street lamps.

Recent years have seen joint work carried out with district offices to identify dark spots and find solutions from them, taking into account the gender perspective at all times. This will continue, with more action along the same lines. Measures have been taken in 136 dark points in the city in the last few years. In 71% of cases extra lighting was added, while in 29% of cases existing lighting was re-angled.

Criteria for renewing lighting

  • Improved sense of light: better distribution of light thanks to the use of LEDs (white light)
  • Greater uniformity of light to avoid light and dark spots
  • More light on pavements and the prioritisation of pedestrian areas
  • Reduction in the height of lighting for pavements (below 5 metres) and always beneath the tree canopy
  • Different tone of light for road surfaces and pavements, providing warmth for pedestrians and distinguishing spaces for people and for vehicles
  • Increase in remote management, resulting in greater efficiency and optimisation of control systems and regulation

Efficient management and innovation

The new investment should bring the overall percentage of LED street lighting to 35%, increasing the current figure of 26%. Besides the renewal of lighting, the maintenance service is also essential for introducing improvements, such as regulation of on and off times according to zones and time bands, the implementation of smart lighting systems and the capacity to respond quickly in critical situations such as storms.

Barcelona currently has a centralised control system for monitoring incidents which have the most impact and ensuring that lighting works. This system also enables faults to be detected, times to be reprogrammed, luminosity to be controlled (on and off times according to the conditions for each zone) and consumption simulated for installations.

Street lighting in Barcelona

Barcelona currently has 151,000 public lighting points, accounting for 20% of the City Council’s overall energy consumption. Notably, this percentage is much lower than the average figure for municipalities, which stands at around 50%.