With our today’s life full of demands, we cannot deny the fact that having a good source of light in every household or business is no longer a luxury, rather a necessity. Proper and sufficient lighting spells a whole world of difference in many areas of our lives and its role in communities – from streets and public places to every home – only continues to evolve as urbanization continues to advance as well.
Lighting a home or a commercial space, however, is not as cheap as one might think. For instance, on average, lighting accounts for 20 to 30 percent of a Philippine household’s monthly electric bill. We also spend millions of money on lighting equipment alone. Further, according to the International Energy Agency, of all the energy consumed worldwide, about a fifth (19 percent) comes from lighting, accounting for about 1.9 billion tons of carbon emissions every year. This number is about 70 percent equivalent to the emissions of passenger cars globally.
These figures indicate not only the level of energy consumption attributed to inefficient lighting, but also the amount of opportunity we have through cost-effective and energy-efficient lighting solutions, to counter the negative effects, we as consumers, have brought to the environment.
Making the Switch to LED
The global discussion on energy-efficient lighting has moved governments, including the Philippines, to craft legislation to limit energy consumption and carbon emissions, both of which are heavily impacted by lighting decisions.
The Green Building Code (GB Code) for example, a Referral Code of the National Building Code (Presidential Decree No. 1096), was launched on June 25, 2015 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to protect the people from the harmful effects of climate change. It seeks to improve the efficiency of building performance through a framework of standards that will enhance sound environmental and resource management to counter harmful gases throughout the building’s life cycle. The framework includes efficient use of materials, such as lighting and wiring fixtures, site selection, planning, design, construction, use, occupancy, operation, and maintenance, without significant increase in cost.
Consequently, this increasing awareness about climate change, as well as the rise of energy demand brought by the rapid pace of urbanization, have paved the way for the growing adoption of sustainable and environmentally-friendly initiatives. In the field of lighting, the world is slowly beginning to make the switch to adopting the LED technology, though the use of old lighting technology, such as incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps, is still predominant in several countries, including the Philippines.
The use of Light Emitting Diodes, or more popularly known as LED, offers many benefits. For consumers, it means lower costs and better quality of light, while for the environment, it means lower emissions of unwanted substances. LED lighting delivers on CO2 emission reduction targets by up to 1400 million tons per year, by replacing a uniform approach to lighting with tailored technology that is fit for use and cuts unnecessary energy consumption. Switching to LEDs not only signifies potential energy cost savings of up to 50 percent but also improves lighting quality and mitigates environmental impact by reducing energy usage, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.
LED also allows for flexibility in lighting that has not previously existed. For instance, with a programmable lighting system, local governments are able to take advantage of smart lighting systems in the event of an emergency and be able to assist in its swift resolution.
Also, unlike its predecessors, LED light bulbs produce far less heat and consume far less energy. Heat is what causes traditional light bulbs to shine (incandescence), whereas electrical voltage itself makes LEDs shine (electroluminescence).
The rising demand for LEDs
In the Philippines, the demand for LED lights has shown a consistent rise since its introduction in the country, and the said trend is expected to continue at least for the next several years.
President Rodrigo Duterte has envisioned a plan called “Golden Age of Infrastructure” expected to be majorly financed by the influx of money from China and Japan. With an estimated investment of USD 168 billion on 5,000 developmental projects across the nation within the next six years, these infrastructure projects are expected to raise the demand for LED lightings. Also, the penetration among the residential customers is expected to rise in the coming years due to sustainability concerns.
As society continues to evolve, there is a greater need to understand the contribution of light and sustainability in technologies in the urban context. No doubt, the collaboration of design and implementation of sustainability and light technologies will bring the best results across all facets of public lighting design and safety. D+C.
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