On the Road to Better Lighting in Pakistan
One of South Asia’s first controlled-access highways – the M2 between Lahore and Islamabad – is a fast and efficient toll road that crosses the Salt Mountains and other terrain in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. Along with key sections of the highway, GE Lighting solutions keep traffic flowing at night.
The GE roadway lighting also helps reduce highway operating costs by providing higher energy efficiency and requiring lower maintenance. As a result, the lighting supports national sustainability goals embodied in Pakistan Vision 2025, including the Energy, Water and Food Security Pillar, which seeks to address demand management by increasing the use of energy-efficient products.
Across Pakistan, examples like the GE highway lighting are likely to become more common following the signing of a strategic partnership between the Imperial Electric Company (IEC), a Pakistani engineering company, and GE Lighting. The agreement seeks to deliver efficient, cost-effective GE Lighting solutions across the fields of home, retail, office, hospitality, roadway and outdoor.
GE Lighting’s latest product ranges have the potential to contribute up to 50% in energy cost savings and offer a long life up to 50,000 hours, as well as minimized maintenance, and excellent low-temperature performance. Many of these are GE LED solutions, which are lead and mercury free – important properties in driving environmental sustainability.
Given the changing nature of the lighting industry and its technologies, partnerships such as those with IEC are crucial. The lighting sector has moved away from being simply a supplier of a disposable commodity. Now, it’s about providing long-term, high-value solutions that deliver significantly lower operating expenses that outweigh the higher upfront cost.