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Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia & Herzegovina


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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.


Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is the country’s largest city with a population of over a quarter of a million people. When including the surrounding municipalities, that number increases to over half a million.

Commonly associated with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of the First World War, Sarajevo has been the stage for conflict during the 20th Century. These tumultuous periods, however, paved the way for the fast-growing city of today - one which has been ranked by Lonely Planet as one of the best cities in the world. Having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1984, Sarajevo has continued to attract positive attention. The city was named European Capital of Culture for 2014 and in 2019, was designated a UNESCO ‘Creative City’.

Alongside its manufacturing, administrative and service industries, Sarajevo is popular for tourism. In 2019, overnight stays in the city had grown 20% when compared to the previous year. This is especially true of sports tourism thanks to the legacy usage of the facilities from the Winter Olympics, including the ski resorts in nearby mountains.

But tourists and residents don’t have to travel outside of the city to experience nature and green space. There are a number of parks throughout Sarajevo which serve as social and relaxation hot spots.

Bringing all of that together, it’s no surprise that Sarajevo is a European city which makes continuous investment in its lighting infrastructure. Working alongside partner Deling d.o.o. Tuzla, Thorn supplied almost 2,000 small and medium Isaro Pro road lighting luminaires installed with Zhaga controllers in 2023. What’s more significant, however, is the city’s eagerness to take that investment a step further by implementing the new UrbaSens Civic Connect control system, making it one of the world leaders in utilising this technology.

Intelligent lighting for public spaces, UrbaSens offers effortless management and optimisation in order to reduce energy consumption and protect nocturnal environments while balancing the needs of the local community. These are just some of the benefits that Sarajevo and its inhabitants will experience.

Zumtobel Group’s Edin Efendic and Haris Hrustanbegovic are long-time residents of the city and played an important role in inspiring various stakeholders in ways to transform the city’s already advanced lighting infrastructure. Edin commented, “As someone who was involved in the process of upgrading the city’s lighting from a supplier perspective, it was great to see how our luminaires together with brand new connectivity solutions can revolutionise road and streets in ways we’ve not seen before in Bosnia. But as an inhabitant of the city too, it’s a proud moment to recognise that the people responsible for our city here are planning ahead, ensuring Sarajevo is respectful of nature, managing its energy usage and also the wellbeing of those who live here and visit the city.”