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Saturday September 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by jay wong
A lot brighter: (From left) Bandar Raya Developments Bhd senior manager Emily Kao, Tan, Chan and NTG New Energies major account manager Tan Mei Fang inspecting the LED light system at Bangsar Shopping Centre carpark.
BANGSAR Shopping Centre (BSC) is currently in the midst of upgrading its lights to use light-emitting diodes (LED).
First on the upgrade list was the lower ground carpark level, previously used as a test-bed for a three-month pilot project that proved to be successful.
The new LED tubes share the same form, size and fitment as fluorescent tubes to make for easy adoption. BSC’s next step will be to replace all of its fluorescent tubes used in its lower carpark levels before addressing the lighting within the shopping centre.
Currently, 400 LED tubes have replaced the fluorescent ones.
The LEDs, which are being supplied by Hong Kong-based Newton Technologies Group (NTG), are not only energy-efficient, but also have the unique ability to dim themselves through the use of an inbuilt motion sensor.
“LEDs today can provide very high levels of savings, although such savings in the past could take up to eight years to realise due to their high costs. Our products are able to deliver these savings in as swift as four years,” said NTG corporate strategy and marketing vice-chairman Chia Yen On
“For any shopping mall, electricity consumption is one of the biggest costs. We also wanted to improve security by making things brighter and utilising LED lights made sense over the long term while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint,” said Bandar Raya Developments Bhd (BRDB) asset and property management assistant general manager Vincent Tan.
NTG provided the best solution for BSC with the inbuilt dimming function to help reduce electricity consumption, he added.
“Our patrons’ security is of utmost importance to us and a bright basement carpark will create a more secure environment for all,” said Tan.
NTG Holdings Ltd executive director Edmond Chan explained that most LEDs were not able to accept a dimming function.
“Once the voltage dips below a certain level, the LED tends to start blinking. Ours are able to remain consistent right down to zero voltage,” Chan added.
Although the LED tubes on the lower ground level are half dimmed when there’s no motion detected, they are significantly brighter to begin with. At 50% brightness, it appears to be a little brighter than a standard fluorescent tube.
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