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Humans in the City

Light has played a vital role from the very beginning of human life. Today where we have light everywhere – especially in the cities, lighting needs to integrate with its surroundings for humans to thrive.

For millennia town and city lights had the primary role of safety and security. It prevented the wanderer from tripping on the path and would fend off a potential mugger.

Today there are countless roles of light in the city and lighting systems are essential for the life of the modern human: moving between home and workplace, shopping, enjoying leisure time or simply moving around while finding their way, feeling secure - and not least feeling good.

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Humanizing urban spaces

Safety is still an important factor when selecting and planning the right lighting – not least in the areas where humans pass and reside. Sadly, economy and technology are often prioritized compared to other factors. At Louis Poulsen, we believe that comfort, aesthetics, and ambiance are the most important factors while offering quality products that last – both regarding design and functionality.

Design to Shape Light

Louis Poulsen has always sought, not only to design lamps but also to shape light and create an atmosphere that makes people feel good, when at work, at home and outdoors. The shape of light creates space, and our products should live harmoniously within the space they define - indirect, soft and inviting.

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The Louis Poulsen vision


In Miami Beach, the Albertslund Mini Post cooperate with the existing street lighting. The high street posts secure functional light, while Albertslund creates ambiance for the pedestrians.

Every space in its right light

We use and navigate the city in many different ways: we drive, walk, bike and skate. The new mixed industrial-recreational areas such as harbor front lead to new ways of designing and combining different lighting. Both the purposes and functions of an urban space need to be considered when planning the lighting in an area.

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Marina and Pier

In this recreational zone, a soft light close to buildings combined with posts and bollards creates the right atmosphere. Bollards close to the waterfront help people to navigate on the pier without the light disturbing the maritime traffic.


Safety for the vulnerable traffic users is the main priority. Other things to consider are e.g. the shops and restaurants with transparent facades and cultural buildings requiring their identity. On public squares posts lower than the buildings create a defined, comfortable space.


A peaceful oasis where we escape the hectic rush of the city. Though paths and bicycle lanes require functional lighting, the light should also underline the identity of the place and decoratively emphasize its beautiful details.


In residential areas, a circular light can create ambiance and also serve as crime prevention. Reflector-controlled light is recommended here as they distribute an asymmetric light.

From Albertslund to Miami

Our product portfolio combines high and low lighting in an architectural design that easily goes into a harmonious dialogue with all kinds of urban projects. One example is ”Albertslund”, which is a family with wall, bollard, ceiling, pendant, and post models.

Its story began 50 years ago where we got engaged in the development of a post for a residential project in Albertslund, Denmark. “Albertslund” remains popular today and found in many places in- and outside Denmark – even in Miami.

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Top shade: Form pressed glass fiber. Enclosure: Injection molded clear polycarbonate. Heat sink/fixture Housing: Die-cast aluminum. Console: Die-cast aluminum. Struts: Stainless steel.

Ingress protection IP66. Electric shock protection I w. ground, II w/o ground. IK10.

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