Dubai Lamp introduced; to be made mandatory in new buildings in Dubai
The world’s most energy-efficient and commercially viable LED lamp, named after Dubai, will be made mandatory in all new buildings under construction.This was announced by Engineer Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality. The Dubai Lamp initiative is the result of a unique research partnership between Philips Lighting and Dubai Municipality, which has resulted in the development of the world’s first commercially available 200 lumens per Watt LED lamp. Eng. Lootah said the civic body has plans to replace 80 per cent of the traditional lamps used in Dubai with the new Dubai Lamp. Dubai Municipality and Philips Lighting, in partnership with Al Ghandi Electronics, are preparing for the supply of two million Dubai Lamps for residential and professional use across the city in 2017. This could increase to 10 million lamps by 2021. The plan is to replace 80% of the traditional lamps used in Dubai with the new Dubai Lamp. Initially it will be made mandatory for new buildings under construction to use Dubai Lamp and subsequently plans will be made to implement it in older buildings. Eng. Lootah said the Dubai Lamp Initiative aims to raise public awareness of the need for energy saving and for reduction of carbon emissions in line with the Dubai government’s vision. The Dubai Lamp can give electricity bill savings by up to 90 per cent. Besides raising light and energy efficiency to new levels, Dubai Lamp is extremely durable with an average lifespan of up to 15 times longer than conventional lamps (based upon typical usage of 1,000 hours per year). The environmentally friendly lamp does not contain mercury or generate heat and thus saves cooling costs, and does not spread ultraviolet light.