Lyon : the light specialist

The city ligting plan

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.

University bridge on the Rhône riverbanks © M.Chaulet - Ville de Lyon


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.


Created in 2002 at the initiative of the City of Lyon, LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) is an international network of cities on urban lighting. The network brings together 65 municipalities on 6 continents engaged in using light as a tool for sustainable urban development. It also includes 51 lighting professionals and companies as associated members. Through the organisation of international events and conferences, and its involvement in various lighting projects and research, LUCI creates spaces for exchange of knowledge and good practices in sustainable urban lighting