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Published on September 29th, 2015 | by Rogier van Rooij


Phillips And The Climate Group Want All Cities To Switch To LED Before 2025

September 29th, 2015 by  

The Climate Group and Royal Philips both call on all cities around the globe to switch before 2025 to LED for lighting their streets. In addition, a campaign was launched with a name making quite clear why this switch should happen: “LED = Lower Emissions Delivered”. The goal of the campaign is to encourage cities, utilities, and local governments to embrace LED as a technique that will lower both the financial and environmental costs of street lighting.

This campaign was launched at the Climate Week NYC, an annual event hosted by The Climate Group. This non-profit organization wants to decarbonize society as fast as possible, and tries to reach its goal by raising awareness and bringing together governments and businesses to develop green financing mechanisms and business models. Royal Phillips, which partnered with The Climate Group to call for the switch to LED, is a large multinational engaged in the Health Care, Consumer Lifestyle, and Lightning sector.

The spectacular benefits of making this switch were mentioned in a report that The Climate Group just published. Named Support the big switch, it concluded that during a trial in 12 major cities, the replacement of all lighting by LED’s achieved energy savings of 50 to 70%.

An interesting example of making the shift is the city of Los Angeles. In 2013, Los Angeles began to install 140,000 street lights. In 2014 this already resulted in energy savings of 63% and cost savings of roughly $8.7 million.

Improving energy efficiency is, together with decarbonizing the way we produce that energy, very important in tackling climate change. Unfortunately much more should be done. According to Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer at Phillips Lighting, the demand for energy is increasing twice as fast as the annual rate of improvement in energy efficiency. So there is still a long way to go, but increasing the broad use of innovations like LED lighting is a necessary step in the right direction.

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  • timbuck93

    I’ve said it on about 5 different LED street light posts, they say three times is the charm–but I still don’t have the data collected; I’ll do that now.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Based on your link some people do not like the LEDs now being installed. Some do.

      • timbuck93

        Well I think you know why Detroit and areas like that NEED them. I also agree completely with your response.

        But, hoping this isn’t just a simple image edit, LED lights are WAY too damn bright


        • Larmion

          While it is true that upwards radiation is too high in the picture, that doesn’t necessarily means the lights are too bright.

          It just means that too much light can leak upwards – this was a common problem with older sodium lights too. The fixture itself is poorly designed, not the LED lamp. Screw in any other lamp type and the problem will be just as bad.

          Also, you keep jumping between lights being too cool and being too bright. Those are two entirely seperate issues.

        • Bob_Wallace

          LEDs may be too bright and a softer shade of white may be more pleasant.
          Sky light pollution should be dropping. Street lights should be pointing downward and not spilling a lot of light upward.

          There’s a set of photos from LA or San Diego showing a much brighter sky over a street lit by LEDs compared to an earlier shot.

          Perhaps what one sees in the 2012 frame is not street lights but overall increase in light usage as LEDs make it cheaper to light stuff up.

          • timbuck93

            > [blockquote]Perhaps what one sees in the 2012 frame is not street lights but overall
            increase in light usage as LEDs make it cheaper to light stuff up.[/blockquote]

            Yes, more lights in general being used! I had not thought about that, see, there’s so many things that we do with lights, and we rarely think of the full impact.

          • Bob_Wallace

            On a rural stretch between two urban areas close to where I live there are now two full sized, very bright, LED billboards. Before there were two billboards which weren’t even lit at night.

      • timbuck93

        Also the link on the page I have in the comment below that says “seen from space” has more examples:

  • Frank

    This is way into the no brainer category. Better lighting. Lower cost. Reduce emissions, or make the power available for something productive.

  • stanson

    The long life of LED bulbs also generates huge reductions in labor cost spent changing burnt our bulbs – a cost that in some places can approach the cost of electricity. Additional benefit is far fewer burnt out bulbs. Take a look sometimes at the percentage of conventional street lights not working. It’s large.

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