Sustainability in Action

Illuminating sustainability: The role of connected lighting in creating a greener world

Richard Garrett

Looking at the big picture for sustainably lighting roadways.

In the pursuit of a more sustainable future, it’s important that we become more mindful about the environmental impact of our daily lives. Among these considerations, lighting, particularly in road and street applications, plays a crucial role. Connected lighting systems, equipped with advanced control mechanisms, have emerged as a key topic of intrigue in our journey towards sustainability. By harnessing cutting-edge technology and data analytics, these systems offer not only enhanced efficiency but also invaluable insights that pave the way for more informed decision-making. Let's delve into how connected lighting is transforming our streets and contributing to a greener world.

Lighting control in road and street applications is not merely about illuminating the paths we traverse; it's about doing so in the most efficient and sustainable manner possible. Understanding this need, we have developed a suite of connected solutions tailored to address the unique requirements of urban environments. At the forefront of this lineup are UrbaSens Civic Connect and UrbaSens City Connect, which leverage state-of-the-art cellular technology to offer remote access and centralised management.

UrbaSens Civic Connect serves as the backbone of the system, providing seamless connectivity and data analytics through a TALQ platform. This allows stakeholders to monitor and optimise key metrics such as CO2 reduction, energy consumption, usage patterns, and even activity levels within a given space. Armed with this valuable information, communities can make data-driven decisions to enhance sustainability and efficiency.

Building upon this foundation, UrbaSens City Connect extends the reach of the system beyond individual communities, linking lighting solutions across entire cities and even integrating with surrounding towns. By sharing data and insights through the same TALQ platform, this interconnected network enables a more holistic approach to sustainability. UrbaSens City Connect empowers urban planners and policymakers with the tools and data they need to adjust the lit environment as well as diagnose any challenges with their lighting infrastructure.

Central to the value proposition of connected lighting systems is the ability to adapt and evolve in response to changing circumstances and evolving sustainability goals. UrbaSens Civic and City Connect emphasises the importance of being in control of these goals, offering a range of features that facilitate ongoing optimisation and improvement. By understanding a luminaire's energy-saving performance and making informed choices over time, communities can gradually reduce their carbon footprint and enhance sustainability.

Moreover, as technology continues to advance, connected lighting systems offer the flexibility to incorporate upgrades and enhancements seamlessly. Through cloud-based updates and advancements, UrbaSens Civic and City Connect ensures that its solutions remain at the forefront of sustainability innovation, enabling communities to stay aligned with their ambitious goals.

A striking statistic underscores the significance of focusing on the use phase of lighting: up to 91% of a light point's carbon footprint occurs during this phase. UrbaSens Civic and City Connect address this reality by providing actionable insights and the ability to update lighting schedules, thereby minimising carbon emissions over the life of the installation. By harnessing the power of sustainable luminaire innovation, these connected solutions pave the way for significant energy reduction across communities, making a tangible impact on the planet today.

Additionally, UrbaSens Civic Connect revolutionises street lighting by integrating NightTune technology, minimising light pollution and supporting biodiversity. NightTune dynamically adjusts lighting output, reducing energy consumption and preserving natural behaviours. By adhering to night sky protection recommendations, upward light spill is minimised, and warmer colour temperatures mitigate the impact of blue light on wildlife. Advanced scheduling capabilities support specific biodiversity needs, such as dimming beachfront lighting during sea turtle nesting seasons, or lowering the impact of excessive light spill on migrating birds. This holistic approach, combined with UrbaSens Civic Connect, ensures a balanced illumination that meets the requirements of both humans and local ecosystems. UrbaSens Civic Connect isn't just about lighting streets; it's about fostering a sustainable, biodiverse urban environment where the night sky remains a source of wonder and inspiration.

In conclusion, connected lighting systems represent a pivotal advancement in our quest for sustainability, particularly in road and street applications. By offering unprecedented control, insights, and adaptability, these systems empower communities to make smarter, more sustainable choices. With UrbaSens Civic and City Connect leading the charge, the future of lighting is not brighter—it's greener. For more information, you can download our brochures on both UrbaSens Civic and City Connect and our NightTune Whitepaper below.

NightTune Whitepaper - NightTune - whitepaper — English (

UrbaSens Civic & City Connect - TLG_UrbaSens-Civic-City-Connect.pdf (