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Shedding light on public lighting

National Light Days in France

Although French laws on “energy transition relating to environmentally-friendly growth” were adopted by ministers on 30 July, the Journées de la Lumière (French National Light Days 2014) open with the theme “lighting transition at the heart of the energy transition”.

On 22 and 23 September, more than 60 experts from around the world will discuss different ways to make public interior and exterior lighting more efficient, economical and ecological.

The event will bring together players from different public organisms and the lighting, lighting design, urban design, architecture and heritage sectors.

At the heart of the debate lie different ways to use LED lighting, the economic consequences of “cultural” lighting and energy efficiency in public lighting. The answers are long awaited by public authorities who have been the objective of getting rid of all energy-greedy lights in the public domain by 2015.

The JNL 2014 will also be the occasion to consider other energy solutions, like the photo-luminescent ceramics mentioned by Marc Aurel in his interview with the Urban Design Observatory or the idea that public lighting that should be dictated by the needs of pedestrians rather than cars.

Lighting at Castle near Nantes, France

Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes

The programme will begin the day before the actual event with an architectural visit of Nantes for the Journées du Patrimoine.

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