Axel Baschnagel
June 24, 2016


The EU-funded SSL-erate (solid state lighting) project is intended to accelerate the use of LED lighting in Europe. Among the project partners are EUROCITIES members Stavanger and Malmo, and the universities of Munich and Flanders.

The three pillars of the project are: human-centric lighting; open innovation; and sustainable development.

  • Human-centric lighting: Light is the most powerful regulator of people’s day-night rhythm. It has a number of ‘non-visual’ effects, including the power to energise, relax, and increase alertness, cognitive performance and mood. A human-centric lighting solution for any given non-visual effect therefore requires a tailor-made approach, based on a solid understanding of the specific context and environmental conditions. Find out more about human-centric lighting by clicking here
  • Open Innovation: This approach involves promoting collaboration between companies across the value chain, customers – such as municipalities, schools or hospitals – and knowledge institutes. The goal is to work together on creating useful new solutions: products, services, strategic collaborations or business models. You can find background material and case studies on open innovation here
  • Sustainable development in smart cities: The energy saving potential of solid state lighting (SSL) is well known. The work within the SSL-erate project stresses that SSL is even more important in terms of the social and economic dimensions of sustainable development. You can find out more in various case studies and recommendations for green business opportunities here

Visit the lightingforpeople ( platform for the latest information on the results of the project.