Bright Lights, Big Cities and Better Sustainability
We all know that a simple way to save energy is to turn off the lights when you leave a room. That’s something we do as individuals at home and at work. But what about mayors and prime ministers concerned about sustainability and responsible for thousands, or millions, of outdoor parking, street and sign lights that switch on and off every day. How can they make a dramatic cut to their electric bills?
Turns out, the answer is the same technology that’s captivating indoor lighting experts: light emitting diodes (LEDs), which were invented by GE scientists in the 1960s. Architects and designers, facilities management firms and even some businesses are turning to LEDs because of their high-quality illumination and small energy use. Now, LED also is emerging as the preferred technology among forward-looking municipalities for the outdoor lighting of their motorways, bridges, pedestrian areas and carparks.
White-light LEDs are smarter for another reason too. Because their illumination is much closer to daylight, they make people feel safer and more comfortable. That’s because LED white light seems brighter and lets people distinguish colors more easily. It also speeds up drivers’ reaction times by a factor of six.
Next month’s Light Middle East conference in Dubai is taking a closer look at outdoor LEDs and sustainability with a keynote presentation by Phil Marshall, the President and CEO of GE Lighting EMEA. Learn more on the conference here.
GE is already helping cities and governments in the region with its advanced LED solutions. LED Area Lighter is ideal for parking, pedestrian and general area lighting; LED Road R250 assures maximum LED performance for street and highway illumination, while Iberia LED, focuses on improved visuals. These LED lighting solutions can help cities cut their power consumption for outdoor lighting by more than 50%.
Working in partnership, GE helps cities take on their toughest challenges, including how to make their motorways and public spaces safer and their lighting bills smaller.
To learn more about GE’s smart lighting portfolio, click here.