Significant savings – on average 40% – can be made by switching to energy-efficient lighting technologies such as LEDs, according to Philips SA. Lighting is thought to consume around 15 % of the total electricity output of an industrialised economy like South Africa, executives said at the launch this week of the company’s annual Cape to Cairo roadshow.
This year’s roadshow – it will cover 12 000 km across 11 cities and 8 countries over a period of four and a half months – has the theme Sustainability through Innovation. That’s more pertinent than ever before, the company says, as it spearheads the LED lighting revolution in Africa with smart lighting solutions designed for the continent. It has been calculated that approximately half of a city’s energy bill goes on lighting for public offices, schools and outdoor environments. To help address that, Philips is exploring innovative methods such as solar-powered floodlighting for sportsfields.
To mark the occasion, Philips sponsored LEDs to light up and beautify three monuments at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront: the Clock Tower, the Port Captain’s building and the Swing Bridge.
The equipment used for the Waterfront installation is Philips’ latest Vaya LED lighting solutions. These combine warm and cool daylight colours. Innovative characteristics of the Vaya range include:
- Dynamic lighting. This makes it possible to adjust the atmosphere of the site (change of intensity and colour).
- Longer lifespan of about 50 000 hours. Conventional equivalents manage about 12 000 hours.
- Lower maintenance costs and energy consumption about 80 % lower than conventional lighting.
What’s more, it enables connected lighting: each luminaire has its own IP address.
* The Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower was built in 1883 and was the Port Captain’s first office in the newly constructed Cape Town harbour. It housed the tide gauge mechanism, which worked by a shaft connected to the sea. It also contained all the instruments that the Port Captain needed, such as a clock for ships to see the correct time, signal flags, Morse lamps and a telescope. With the rapid growth of the harbour, a beautiful gabled building was constructed in 1904 to house the Port Captain.