Sauchiehall Street

    Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Photo Credits: Charlieurban (photo 1), Signify (photos 2-5)

    GlasGlow! Smart street lighting for Glasgow

    Glasgow City Council wanted to make its city center a greener and more attractive place to live, work, and enjoy as part of its ‘Enabling Infrastructure – Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) program.’ A significant part of achieving this goal was to create a connected lighting system throughout the city center.


    Signify helped Glasgow City Council deliver on its redevelopment program by providing decorative, custom Color Kinetics connected street lighting along Glasgow’s famous Sauchiehall Street. Color Kinetics iColor Flex LMX gen2 (now specified with Flex Compact gen 3, RGB) was used within the finials and halo units while Color Kinetics Burst Powercore was used on the columns. 


    The lighting columns were designed to resemble trees to blend into the tree-lined avenues, enhancing the lighting and aesthetic of the area. The structures can also provide light shows using the Interact Landmark connected lighting platform to showcase features such as sparkling lights, snowfall effects, and dynamic chaser lights that travel up and down the avenue. Moreover, the lighting provides wayfinding to guide residents and visitors. The decorative lighting columns enable the area to adapt seamlessly to current events and special occasions.


    Funding for the program, which came from the Glasgow City Region City Deal (funded by the Scottish and UK Governments), enabled the City Council to invest £115 million in regenerating the city center, making it a greener, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing area. In addition to the separate cycle lanes and pedestrian priority routes, the area now enjoys more greenery, making it more attractive, people-friendly, and economically competitive. Color Kinetics luminaires give new dimension to the area and showcase what connected lighting can accomplish.


    “The vision for the future of the city center is to make it a safer, more welcoming area to work and live. The new urban lighting columns from Signify will make a big contribution to the beautification of the area and quality of life for residents and visitors.” - Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of the Glasgow City Region Cabinet


    “It’s exciting to be part of the modernization of Glasgow’s city center. Our bespoke, connected lighting columns and Interact Landmark connected lighting system will ensure that the good work being done to regenerate the area is complemented with the right lighting to showcase the city.” - Dervan Alleyne, Director, for Public Lighting at Signify in the UK and Ireland

    Project credits


    Glasgow City Council


    Lighting Designers:

    Glasgow City Council, The Avenues Team:

    Derek Dunsire, Paula Richmond, Stephen McDonagh, and Ciaran Buchanan




    Lightways Contractors



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