The Catalan capital optimizes its lighting system

Since 2009 Barcelona has been striving to optimize the operational and environmental performance of its lighting infrastructure. The city rose to the challenge with the help of our computer-assisted maintenance software and remote lighting management system.

Barcelona rolled out a far-reaching plan to improve its street lighting. While the city’s 115,000 light fixtures were fulfilling their primary role, the city wanted to go a step further by:

  • Improving the quality of the lighting in many streets and city parks
  • Ensuring compliance with national and regional energy-efficiency and light-pollution standards
  • Streamlining the day-to-day operations of its lighting systems
  • Increasing the impact of the city’s artistic lighting

Barcelona requested that our employees oversee about a third of the city’s lighting installations. Today our systems illuminate the Ciutat Vella, Eixample , and Sants-Montjuïc districts with about 45,000 light fixtures.

PackWeb® software for streamlined operations

We successfully optimized Barcelona’s street lighting operation through:

  • Immediate implementation of our PackWeb® software, which provided a rapid inventory of the entire infrastructure and is already helping to streamline operations
  • A responsive field team to quickly remedy any operating malfunctions
  • The refurbishment or replacement of any faulty equipment

Meeting environmental standards

To achieve high environmental performance, the city of Barcelona also uses Luxicom® remote lighting management software. Luxicom® helps the city:

  • Install new, more energy efficient lighting
  • Upgrade equipment to comply with light pollution standards

And, as part of our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our day-to-day operations, we use vehicles that run on clean energy.

Beautifying an emblematic neighborhood

In a drive to promote sustainable development, the Spanish government has launched a country-wide investment program (FEESL). This program helped Barcelona install more efficient, more attractive lighting on Montjuïc, the city’s emblematic hill. Citelum is leading this project, which will ultimately:

  • Increase the number of lights in the area (800 new lights) and make performance-enhancing upgrades
  • Reduce electricity consumption

Barcelona, Spain

  • 1.62 million inhabitants
  • 47,000 lights
  • Project type: Street lighting operations and maintenance
  • Date: 2009
  • Project length: 4 years