The lighting industry is experiencing a shift in technology aimed at more energy efficient light sources such as LEDs, which in recent years have gained a significant market breakthrough. However, at high levels of brightness the efficiency of LEDs decrease. This is the problem that the project D-Light aims to solve by using diode laser technology. This has the potential to be more efficient than LEDs when making large amounts of light.

Laser-based lighting can be seen as a development of LED technology, where the same materials are used to produce photons from electricity. Here, a laser emits a thin concentrated beam of light. The goal of the project D-Light is to create energy efficiency, as well as lighting precision and quality.

The project will demonstrate the new technology under real conditions in a municipality where prototype lampposts will be developed, with lasers as the light source. For this goal we will work with:

  • diode lasers as the light source
  • phosphor material for converting the laser light into white light
  • the design and production of lighting fixtures, which optimally utilizes light
  • a survey of the quality of light and how light is perceived by users.

D-Light will be instrumental in moving the production of light sources back to Denmark and providing the market with new opportunities for lighting precision and efficiency.



DTU Fotonik, Norlase, Gate 21 (DOLL), The Danish Buildings Research Institute (SBi), Mads Odgård Design and Focus Lighting.


The budget is 11.22 million DKK, of which EUDP has supported the project with 7.29 million DKK.


2015 – 2017

Project leader

DTU Fotonik

More information

Teddy Sibbern Larsen, project leader Smart City