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

Lighting Metropolis is the first decisive step in realizing a vision for Greater Copenhagen as the world’s leading Living Lab for smart urban lighting. The aim is to strengthen 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.

”Lighting Metropolis is an extension of the political ambitions and growth plans, Region Zealand, the Capital Region, and Region Skåne share for furthering growth. Lighting Metropolis is an opportunity to position this region as an important global growth area in intelligent lighting”, says Lars Gaardhøj, chairman of Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak.

Spotlighting Greater Copenhagen
Covering Region Skåne in Sweden, the Capital Region of Copenhagen, and Zealand in Denmark, Greater Copenhagen is home to 3.8 million inhabitants.
Lighting Metropolis will 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 will work to make Greater Copenhagen the region, where global companies invest in the innovation, test, 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 are dispersed and poorly coordinated.
Bringing the region’s unique competencies into closer play, the full potential of new lighting and smart city technology will be maximised 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 will be to unite the partners in raising bars and demonstration values, activating their knowledge and innovation power, involving relevant third parties, including incubator pods and start-ups.
Creating a network of connected Living Labs, regions and cities across Sweden and Denmark will collaborate with private, corporate partners, and scientists making city spaces and buildings available to development, test, 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
Lead Partner: The Municipality of Albertslund
Project Secretariat: Gate 21