Today, lighting in Lyon is a given: every stroller who walks through the city at night will note how lighting has become an essential architectural component, one that reveals the city’s treasures without denaturing them.

The Lighting Plan and the top-level skills of local experts have made Lyon a major center of “light design” and urban lighting, whether temporary or long-term.

Started in 1989, the first Lighting Plan was a pioneering initiative with political, technical and artistic impact. By organizing permanent lighting for Lyon, it gave the city a new face and enabled lighting over 250 sites throughout the urban area.
Light is no longer just for security; it has become an essential component of the urban landscape.

In 2004, the second Lighting Plan completed and reinforced the first one. This time, light freed itself from being just a way to emphasize monuments; it adapted to the activities and rhythms of the city, highlighting rivers, hills, silhouettes and major roadways.
Recognized as a distinct art and a profession, urban lighting has become an essential factor in the international impact of Lyon and its suburbs.

Companies from Lyon featuring light designers, artists or architects are invited to share their knowledge around the world.

Their expertise has been exported to outstanding sites:
  • the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg,
  • the Castillo del Moro in Havana,
  • the Ho Chi Minh City Museum,
  • the Ryadh el Feth Monument in Algiers,
  • the Menara Gardens in Marrakesh and
  • the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

In parallel to the growth of light engineering, specific training in the field of lighting has been developed (the professional Lighting Design Management degree, for example), as well as international events (like the Lumiville show).

Light more – consume less

With the latest Light Plan, the sustainable development aspect of urban lighting has become fundamental. Now, we must light better while consuming less.

From this point of view, the Festival of Lights is outstanding: it consumes only 0.1% of the city’s annual lighting energy.

Fête des Lumières in figures
  • 4 million visitors
  • 80 light projects
  • 8 million small candles sold in Greater Lyon
  • 3.5 million public transport users
  • 400 000 programs broadcast /edited14 television stations more than 250 newspaper articles / 250 articles
  • 11 radio stations
  • The city hotels full for the 4 days of the Festival
  • 3 times the turnover for the city bars and restaurants compared to normal periods
  • 47 public and private partners
  • Story of a festival
  • The 8th December will forever be closely tied to the history of religion in Lyon.

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