Philips has been selected by the city of Buenos Aires to bring LED lighting technology to their street lamps. Philips will replace the majority of the 125,000 existing street lights with new LED luminaires within a 3-year term. Philips was awarded the contract as a result of a public bidding process. Installing the LED lighting system will save the city 50% in energy costs as well as reduce CO2 emissions yearly. Philips says the white light of their LED system allows for better color perception by the human eye as well as security cameras (which they say will aid in crime prevention).
Gustavo Verna, CEO of Philips Argentina
“With the rapid growth in population and the expansion of urban areas, the world needs better and more efficient light. The arrival of innovative LED lighting has brought about a radical change in the industry. In addition to enabling energy savings, it provides our customers with unique, flexible, sustainable, and integrated lighting solutions which were not even envisioned only a few years ago,”.
Philips says, another important benefit of LED lighting is the ability to be remotely controlled. In addition to the replacement of street luminaires, Philips has developed a tailor-made solution for the City of Buenos Aires based on its CityTouch Tele-management platform. The system enables monitoring of each light point in the network on an individual basis, allowing the optimal operation of each luminaire and programming of potential replacements or future maintenance tasks. The system also provides the possibility to switch off or dim lighting levels, depending on specific requirements, thus dramatically reducing energy consumption.
The renewal process in figures:
- 91,000 street lights will be replaced with LED technology (including luminaires on avenues, streets, and parks)
- The city will save over 50% of its energy consumption after implementing this technology
- The new luminaires will last up to 5 times longer than conventional lighting.
- The luminaire replacement process will take 3 years
- Approximately 10,000 luminaires have already been installed to date
LED lighting is really a great option for energy savings, look forward to more cities adopting this technology.