<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify><STRONG>The <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="http://www.fetedeslumieres.lyon.fr/EN_2012" target=_blank>Festival of Lights </A>in Lyon is an annual rendezvous that lights up the whole city, much to the Lyonnais&#8217; enjoyment and that of the 4 million visitors from around the world who come for the occasion</STRONG>. The whole city gets involved during the festive days, from the city&#8217;s <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="http://www.tcl.fr/" target=_blank>transport network </A>to the <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="http://www.lyon-france.com/" target=_blank>Tourism Office</A>, the shop associations to the organizers. <STRONG>This year again, during four evenings, 90 artistic projects brought to life 65 locations including the <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/evenement-culturel/france-patrimoine,p,40,EN.jsp" target=_blank>city&#8217;s most emblematic landmarks</A>. The Tourism Office welcomed over 46,000 people, a 54% increase compared to last year</STRONG>. Italians once again made up the largest number of foreign visitors, and the Chinese for the first time were in the top 5 nationalities! <STRONG>The Festival&#8217;s renown spreads much further afield than just Europe</STRONG>, even reaching emerging tourist markets.</P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>The <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/implantation-entreprise/agences-de-developpement-economique,p,5,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon metropolis </A>is a pioneer city in the field of public <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/fete-des-lumieres/evenement-culturel,p,218,EN.jsp" target=_blank>lighting </A>and light design.&nbsp; In addition to this annual event, Lyon also welcomes <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/pole-competitivite/developpement-entreprise,p,123,EN.jsp" target=_blank>big names </A>in lighting which have offices in Lyon, such as Philips and EDF. A <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="http://www.clusterlumiere.com/" target=_blank>Lighting Cluster </A>has also been created, aimed at federating and developing lighting know-how in the Rhone-Alps region. The Festival of Lights is organized around the principle of &#8220;better lighting and consuming less&#8221;:</STRONG> indeed, the event represents 0.1% of the city&#8217;s total annual urban lighting consumption. The organizers are dedicated to reducing as much as possible the <A style="COLOR: #e02020" title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/entreprise-chimie/prevention-pollution,p,224,EN.jsp" target=_blank>environmental </A>impact by encouraging visitors to use public transport, and designers to use low-energy materials in their artistic projects: <STRONG>LED (Light Emitting Diode)</STRONG> sources are recommended in particular. <STRONG>This kind of material uses 10 times less energy and lasts 20 times as long</STRONG>. Lyon&#8217;s experts are frequently consulted to illuminate some of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the world, such as the Hermitage Palace in Saint Petersburg, and the San Jose National Theatre in Costa Rica.<BR></P>