Friday, June 2, 2023

Plaza del Torico to upgrade its lighting with state-of-the-art LED technology

The Teruel City Council has issued a public notice for a fifteen-day – which began to count on 10 May – project to improve and improve the decorative lighting of the Plaza Carlos Castell, officially known as the Plaza del Torico, With a budget of 582,953.61 euros, VAT included, and produced by the company Inarse.

This action will be able to update a system that was installed more than 15 years ago on the occasion of a class reform and which is currently out of date or does not work.

The project opted for European funds for its financing. In the final call for the tourism plan, this project has not been selected, but the city council is confident that it can apply for another call for both the tourism aspect and the energy efficiency that will be needed for its renovation. But at the same time, Juan Carlos Cruzado, the Councilor of Infrastructure, insisted that the project would highlight the modernist buildings in the square and Torrico with its column.

The decorative lighting system using first generation monochrome LED luminaires, which was placed on both the façade and verandah in 2006, has become obsolete. Currently, the lighting installation is partially disconnected, as the fixtures do not work or have to be turned off due to flickering, which is annoying. Due to this situation, the city council commissioned this project to replace the current luminaires with others based on RGB LED technology, a new generation with chromatic possibilities.

The improvement will make it possible to rationally consume new facilities and reduce installed power without reducing quality, as existing elements are replaced by others that will be more efficient.


The project has received the approval of the Provincial Heritage Commission, as it will be done in the historic center of the city.

It has 261 luminaires in the current lighting system. With the new project, 314 luminaires will be installed, of which 182 will be on the façade and 132 under the porch. Firstly, the currently established requirements in terms of energy efficiency will be met. And secondly, it will be taken into account that the most emblematic buildings of the city are located in this square and lighting will be installed that will highlight the quality and interest of its most characteristic elements.

Among the decorative lighting systems that currently exist, there are elements that are in poor condition or out of operation and the architectural quality of these buildings is no different. The new system will enhance the tourist attractiveness of these properties, as different areas of the pavement can be illuminated with different colours.

In addition, they can be illuminated in a certain color for the various celebrations that take place in this square, which is the nerve center of the city, on set dates, such as commemoration days of Alzheimer’s, the fight against cancer or violence against the gender. , women’s day or blood donor. Currently, Spotlights are performed on those designated dates.


The improvements that are the subject of this project will include the removal of old luminaires that are used for decorative lighting that are attached to the facades of the square, as well as the old projectors that illuminate the Toriko Monument. Light boxes extending along the façade will be painted or relocated to improve the appearance of the façade. The existing wiring will be removed, replaced with new wiring that will run along the sides of the façade, have no half height wiring and will be painted to match the façade so that they integrate into the architecture of the plaza.

The new design proposes a lighting system integrated into the building itself with small projectors so that they can be integrated into cornices, windows or balconies. In the case of the verandas, it is planned to integrate the luminaires hidden under the false ceiling, taking advantage of the holes already installed and having a protective glass. The project includes electrical installation and works in electrical panel.

A total of 23 façades and the Toriko Monument will be illuminated in addition to the porches. Once the necessary funding is obtained to face this action, four months will be required for the execution of this project.

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