The LED way to beautify city

TO mark World Environment Day, Philips showcased to its customers the next revolution in city beautification lighting – the Light Emitting Diodes (LED) luminaires.

The exterior and interior of Rick’s Café Casablanca in One Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, were lit up with LED lights as the company showed the gathering of lighting designers and architects the various usages of LED lights for both outdoor and indoor application.

The showcase focused mainly on city beautification, for which LED lights are used as facade lighting, whereby the lights can be projected on to the buildings, or integrated into the architecture.

Way to go: Rick’s Café Casablanca lit up with eco-friendly LED lights on World Environment Day.

Customers had a preview of the Strip II LED, Dynaflood LED, Beamer LED, Projector LED, Lattis LED and Grazer LED, which are maintenance-free, and have high reliability and high energy efficiency.

This was part of the company’s exercise to demonstrate the benefits of LED lights, which are small and offer magnificent colours. They allow designers greater freedom, as they can be dimmed and, simply by combining groups of red, blue and green LEDs, used to create any chosen colour. This also allows for changing effects to suit the activities, ambience and mood of the place.

“From an environment perspective, LED sources are mercury-free, very energy-efficient and stable. LED sources also have a much longer lifetime than conventional sources, and hence, lower maintenance costs.

“From a design perspective, due to their compact size they offer the designer many more opportunities to integrate light sources into their design,” said Philips lighting application support manager for Asean Matthew Cobham.

The potential savings are enormous. If all lamps in the entire Asia Pacific are replaced by energy-efficient lighting, the electricity bill for lighting will drop by 40%. This represents savings per year of 38 billion euros in energy cost, 245 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission, 55 million barrels of oil and annual output of more than 190 power plants @2TWh/year.

According to Cobham, energy-efficient lighting would provide a simple and immediate solution for savings on electricity usage for both residential and industrial users – which is timely, in view of the recent announcement by the Malaysian government of hikes in electricity tariffs effective July 1.

“For city beautification purposes, LEDs provide the ideal option, acting as a tool to enhance the city and extend its people’s unique identities and lifestyle,” he added.

Existing new lighting technology offers a triple win proposition – saving cost, energy and the environment. Hence, switching to energy-efficient lighting is the quickest and easiest way to make a significant contribution.

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