Dubai rules all new properties must fit Philips LED lamps

All new buildings in Dubai will soon be compelled by law to install specific LED lamps, the municipality has ruled, after striking a deal with Philips Lighting to supply millions of light sources to the emirate.

Authorities in Dubai signed a five-year contract with Philips to create the ‘Dubai Lamp’, which, it it is claimed, will be the first commercially available 200 lumen per Watt LED lamp.

The new fixtures will replace 80 percent of traditional lights currently in the emirate’s residential buildings, and, as of this year, all new buildings constructed in the city will have have to feature the Philips LED.

Fitting LED in new buildings will be made the basic requirement for getting a Building Completion Certificate, by the end of this year.

The initiative will initially focus on new buildings and big complexes such as schools, hospitals, mosques and shopping centres. A study will also be undertaken to develop a strategy of implementation for older buildings, in an attempt to ensure that the scheme ensures a wider legacy and that energy savings and a positive environmental impact continue to grow overtime.

Philips has been commissioned by the Dubai authorities to manufacture and supply two million of the ‘Dubai Lamps’, which will not contain mercury or generate heat. The Dubai Municipality plans to install 10 million Dubai Lamps before the end of 2021.

‘It will be made the basic requirement for getting a building completion certificate. This will be beneficial for both sides. The owner of the building will be able to save a lot of money on energy charges and we will able to protect the environment,’ Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, told The National.

‘In the beginning, we will concentrate on new buildings and we will complete a study of old buildings to see what can be done.’

Lootah said the latest agreement which is in line with government directives, supported the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy, which targets a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2030, and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021.

The lamps will be available in four models, both in cool daylight and warm white colours. That includes 1W candle lamps to replace the 25W incandescent lamp, 2W bulbs to replace 40W incandescent lamps, 3W bulbs to replace 60W incandescent lamps, and the 3W MR16 Spot to replace 50W halogen spots.