Intelligent lighting

The nature of innovation has changed drastically in the last 150 years. Many technological breakthroughs in science and technology in 19th and beginning of the 20th century have been accomplished by individuals. Nowadays, multi-disciplinary teams work together on innovations. The lighting domain is particularly interesting as it integrates technological innovation, application innovation, business model innovation and changes in user behavior. The multi-disciplinary character is a deep-felt challenge in the industry, and through this theme we can create talents that are prepared for working in such environments. Innovation Space intelligent lighting is relevant for students from IEIS, ME, BE, ID, MCS, AP, EE, CE&C. In innovation Space, there are several courses in which you can do lighting related challenges:

  • The Secret Life of Light (BC – USE)
  • The Liberation of Light (BC – USE)
  • Entrepreneurship in Action (BC – USE)
  • Innovation Space BEP (BC)          
  • Innovation Space Project (GS)

Challenges will be offered in two different living labs. One for indoor and one for outdoor lighting. Below you find a short description of these living labs and an example project in each of them. If you want to participate in challenges related to intelligent lighting. Please don’t hesitate to follow one of these courses! Once you are in the course, you can choose the intelligent lighting challenge. You can also drop by in innovation Space and ask someone of the staff to help you or contact Elke den Ouden (

Indoor lighting

An important move towards a sustainable campus is made by the Living Labs on campus. This means that research and test environments in real-life situations are set up. TU/e is doing this in close cooperation with students, companies and knowledge institutions. The Atlas building is also a living lab (see also using the installed smart sensoring and smart energy saving lighting infrastructure for research into a.o. health and well-being of the employees. This infrastructure and the data being generated by the system gives the opportunity to come up with new useful applications for the users of the Atlas building. However, there it should be explored what applications are desired by the employees and technically feasible.

  • Example project innovation space project – Atlas office of the future

The aim assignment of was to start thinking about useful applications that contributes to reducing psychosomatic complaints of its users. These are common in more classical working environments, for example including tiredness, ‘winter blues’ and concentration problems. By applying intelligent light and data infrastructures, new applications are possible in the area of energy saving as well as interactive, healthy office and working environments.

Solution - Stilte

Numerous studies have shown that conversational background noise increases secretions of stress hormones, leading to health issues, and reduces productivity by up to 66%. The students made a product which is a device that reacts to noise levels in the environment by emitting a red light when the decibels exceed a predetermined threshold. The light acts as an objective visual cue that nudges people to be more aware of how their conversations may be disturbing others. Besides the product itself, we present the opportunity to analyze the gathered noise data of the office. The insights of the data can show which periods during the week is most productive and error-free helping managers to allocate task more efficiently.


The municipality of Eindhoven has awarded the contract for the 2030 Eindhoven City Lighting Roadmap ('Roadmap Urban Lighting Eindhoven 2030') to the Philips Lighting/Heijmans consortium. This project encompasses the co-creational development of innovative (lighting) applications in the public space, as well as the maintenance and management of the public lighting within the municipality. In the first five years the consortium, which is called “Jouw Licht op 040”,  is working on the five selected Living Labs.

  • Example project The Secret Life of Light - Safety for all road users

This assignment focused on the living lab ‘the Ring Road’ (also known as Tracé de Ring). The consortium was busy to find and test new concepts for this Living Lab. Here, they needed the help of students from the TU/e! The research report divided the needs of the local residents in three segments: Safety for all road users, flow through for all road users, and the creation of a green boulevard (reduction of emissions). The students could come up with concepts for each of those segments to help the “Jouw licht op 040” consortium that can be tested and implemented in a real-life living lab!


The group made a concept that exists of 2 areas at the crossing; the bike and foot path (run-up) from the roads to the crossing and the actual pedestrian crossings. Aimed at creating an attractive green boulevard we will be using green spots in the vegetation that runs alongside the runup paths to the crossing. (static lighting system). Besides the spots in the vegetation an interactive lighting system will also be realized. When a pedestrian or cyclist enters the run-up to the crossing they will be detected by smart lighting. This detection triggers the lights along the run-up to change form their dimming position to 75% brightness. The pedestrian or cyclist notices that they are detected by the system and they will be more visible to other road users.