MOUNT Miriam Cancer Hospital Penang is set to save about RM4,000 a month in electricity bills and will be more environmentally friendly now, thanks to the generous donation of 1,100 LED light tubes by NationGate Solution (M) Sdn Bhd.
NationGate Solution (M) Sdn Bhd LED lighting division research and development senior vice president C.K. Tan said the hospital would be able to save up to 60% in electricity bills by using the LED lights.
Tan said the lights would have a lifespan of up to seven to eight years if used continuously for 24 hours a day, compared to fluorescent tubes which needed to be changed after one year of use.
“It is good that the hospital is willing to adopt the new energy-efficient lighting. The quality of light is very important for a hospital,” Tan said at a press conference at the hospital.
“Besides being a great energy saver, the LED lights are not poisonous as they do not contain mercury and are categorised as green products.
“Fluorescent tubes, on the other hand, contain mercury which is not biodegradable and this poses problems for many Governments who have yet to figure out ways of getting rid of the mercury,” Tan said.
He added that the total contribution was close to RM100,000 including the installation of the new lights.
He added that the company came up with the products about 18 months ago.
“Not only have we received the approval of Standards and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia and the Energy Commission of Malaysia, but have also recently won the Malaysian Good Design Award,” Tan said.
Meanwhile, the hospital’s board chairman John Lau said the new lighting was being used throughout the entire hospital building including the clinics and inpatient rooms.
Also present at the press conference were the hospital’s chief executive officer Tham Wei Wei, Sister Pauline Sewell from the Franciscan Missionary of the Divine Motherhood and NationGate Solution’s administration director David Lim.