Dubai Municipality has signed a contract with Philips Lighting for the design, manufacture and supply of Dubai Lamp, to be made available in the Dubai market by the end of this year.
As part of a research partnership between Philips Lighting and Dubai Municipality, the development of the world’s first commercially available 200 lumen per Watt LED lamp, which will be available in widely used shapes and colours, was launched at Wetex last October, according to WAM.
The new directive by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is part of the initiative to transform Dubai into one of the smartest and most sustainable cities in the world.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, signed the contract on behalf of the municipality, while Philips Lighting was represented by Paolo Cervini, President, Philips Lighting, Middle East & Turkey.
He said: “We have plans to replace 80% of the traditional lamps used in Dubai with the new Dubai Lamp. Dubai Municipality and Philips Lighting are preparing for the supply of two million Dubai Lamps for residential and professional use across the city in 2017. This could increase to 10 million lamps by 2021.”
“To begin with, we will make it mandatory for new buildings under construction to use Dubai Lamp. It will be made the basic requirement for getting the Building Completion Certificate,” he said.
“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,” Lootah pointed out.
“In the beginning, we will concentrate on the new buildings. As regards the old buildings, we will make a study on the implementation mechanism. The municipality will also focus on big complexes such as schools, hospitals, mosques and other big buildings,” he added.
Lootah said the initiative is a first of its kind in the world and has set a new benchmark in energy efficiency and sustainable development in Dubai.
The five year contract will divide the intellectual property rights equally between Dubai Municipality and Phillips Lighting over the same time period.
The municipality will make investments in the field of research and development to create the most efficient lamp in the world.
The manufacturing and supply of lamps will start during March 2017, and will be available in four models, both in cool daylight and warm white colours: 1W Candle Lamp to replace 25W incandescent lamp, 2W Bulb to replace 40W incandescent lamp, 3W Bulb to replace 60W incandescent lamp, and 3W MR16 Spot to replace 50W halogen spots.