Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:01

LED street lights lend radiance to city streets

City dwellers will notice the brand new glow engulfing the streets around the Durban ICC. Philips recently collaborated with various other local authorities to install state-of-the-art energy-saving LED street lights in six streets around the conference centre.

A new, state-of-the-art energy-saving LED street light installation is now lighting up the streets in Durban.

Royal Philips Electronics, Eskom and Durban’s municipality worked together to showcase the sustainable lighting solution installed in six streets around the Durban International Conference Centre (ICC).

The 149 LED street lights offer energy savings of 47,4 MWh per year or 26% compared with older 250W metal halide streetlights, while at the same time providing superb light quality. In the future the street lights can be controlled externally, raising the prospect of even more energy savings by dimming the lights outside peak traffic times. The efficient, low maintenance, brighter street lights will improve road safety for drivers and pedestrians alike. The light quality will also create attractive conditions for business and commercial life, as well as generate a more secure and comfortable outdoor environment for residents.

Philips, Eskom, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the eThekwini Municipality formed a joint initiative to demonstrate the major advances made in energy-efficient LED lighting. Research proved that the new LED lighting can reduce energy consumption for street lighting in cities by as much as 30%.

“Like most countries, South Africa is facing an energy-constrained future and it is in Eskom’s interest to partner with local authorities to reduce consumption where possible. Although we are investing in new power stations to generate enough electricity to meet medium- to long-term demand, improved efficiency is really the only practical solution to ensure our electricity supply will be secure in the short term,” says Andrew Etzinger, senior general manager for integrated demand management at Eskom.


The new LED street lighting in Durban gives excellent luminance and uniformity. The lighting will create a livable city with safer roads, increased security and a comfortable outdoor environment.

“To this end, we are committed to using tried and tested technology in our energy-efficiency drive and investment in a low carbon future. Local authorities that consume less energy can also limit their carbon footprint and control their operating costs. These are important motivating factors which will encourage municipalities to limit their demand on electricity supply.”

According to Juan van Dongen, vice-president and chief executive officer of Philips Africa, South Africa has been very proactive in recognising that investing in energy-efficient and sustainable lighting solutions will reduce consumption and lower electricity costs overall.

“Philips wants to invest in a sustainable future by delivering the most innovative and energy-efficient lighting technology. This partnership underscores our commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility in growth markets like South Africa,” says Van Dongen.

The project made use of Philips Iridium2 street lighting. This will allow local authorities to replace the LED light module in future when an upgrade is required without having to change the light fitting or the pole itself. Technical specifications include 112 LEDs, which provide 21 126 lumens, a colour temperature of 5 700k, 85lm/w system efficacy, 60 000 hours life and a colour rendering of 68.

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