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Smart lighting in a historic context: a case study

Marco Beccali (DEIM, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy)
Marina Bonomolo (DEIM, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy)
Alessandra Galatioto (DEIM, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy)
Emanuela Pulvirenti (Studio Triskales, Caltanissetta, Italy)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 13 March 2017




The purpose of this paper is to address a project for lighting an old town in Italy. Its originality lies in the holistic approach that aims to fulfil several objectives. One is to reduce energy consumption by using efficient lamps and advanced control systems; the second one is to make the network viable and useful for many purposes by integrating ICT devices; the third one is to provide a new identity to the older part of the city by using new technologies and design concepts; while the last one is to ensure street and pedestrian safety according to codes and standards.


The plan of the city of Bagheria and the stock of luminaires of the city are analysed. A multidisciplinary approach has been adopted in order to: analyse the existing lighting infrastructure highlighting critical areas; design a new displacement and select typologies of luminaries able to provide proper light quality and distribution; propose an aesthetic solution and technical design for relevant historical building; and to include in the design process the concept of a new multifunctional pole. Together with an analysis of social benefits, an assessment of economic costs and benefits are discussed.


The project allows good energy savings, meets the standard requirements and gives a relevant and strategic improvement in social and environmental management of the city.


The work provides an example of integrated design of street lighting infrastructures for urban renovation in old cities in degraded environments.



Beccali, M., Bonomolo, M., Galatioto, A. and Pulvirenti, E. (2017), "Smart lighting in a historic context: a case study", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 282-298.



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