Join the lighting revolution

As substantial investments in lighting infrastructure are being planned and implemented regionally and in municipalities, we continue to gain new, groundbreaking knowledge about lighting, its effects on people, and the technological possibilities of creating beneficial lighting solutions.

Our vision
With Lighting Metropolis, Greater Copenhagen has taken the first decisive step in realizing a vision to become the world’s leading Living Lab for smart urban lighting, with the aim of strengthening the significant role lighting can play in supporting safety, accessibility, identity, health and education for people in cities.

A second Lighting Metropolis target is to facilitate and support the Greater Copenhagen region, tapping into the significant growth potential of these areas as they expand globally and exponentially.

Spotlighting Greater Copenhagen
Covering Capital Region, Region Zealand in Denmark, plus Region Skåne in Sweden, Greater Copenhagen is home to 3.8 million inhabitants. Lighting Metropolis has put Greater Copenhagen on the map as the centre where regions, municipalities, private businesses, and knowledge institutions collaborate to develop and showcase leading smart urban lighting, becoming the destination for visitors looking to see the latest and best solutions in lighting and related smart city technology taken off the drawing board and into the streets.

Initiating and furthering collaboration

Lighting Metropolis works to make Greater Copenhagen the region where global companies invest in the innovation, testing and demonstration of future solutions in collaboration with cities, scientists and local companies. Greater Copenhagen is home to strong research environments in lighting design, photonics and biological lighting. These competencies have so far been dispersed and poorly coordinated; by bringing the region’s unique competencies into closer play, the full potential of new lighting and smart city technology is now being maximized to benefit cities, citizens and businesses.

Raising the bar for innovation
Working from municipal and regional preferences for Living Labs, one of Lighting Metropolis’ main responsibilities has been to unite the partners in raising bars and demonstration values. This is activating their knowledge and innovation power and involving relevant third parties, including incubator pods and start-ups. Through the creation of a network of connected Living Labs, regions and cities across Sweden and Denmark are now collaborating with private, corporate partners and scientists, making city spaces and buildings available for development, testing and demonstration.

The total budget for Lighting Metropolis is 7.3 million EUR.
The EU Regional Development Fund Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak supports Lighting Metropolis with 3.65 million EUR.
Region Skåne supports Lighting Metropolis with 325.000 EUR and Region Hovedstaden with 530.000 EUR.
Lighting Metropolis’ partners contribute substantial independent financing.

Duration: October 1st 2015 to October 1st 2018 (Funding for project extension is currently being applied for)
Lead Partner: The Municipality of Albertslund
Project Secretariat: Gate 21