LED lights ‘can save $400m’ in GCC
Dubai, June 19, 2011
GCC countries could save around $400 million and 5.1 mega-tonnes of CO2 emissions annually by switching to LED lighting technology, said the organisers of an upcoming conference on lighting design in Dubai.
Light Middle East will run from September 12 to 14 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
According to recent figures by strategyr.com, the global market for lamps using LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) technology is predicted to reach around $24 billion by 2015. Bahrain saves 40 per cent of the electricity bill with right habits, a statement said.
“The trend towards utilising LED and CFL technology as a greener alternative lighting solution is being increasingly employed in many of the large-scale infrastructure projects in the region like the Yas Hotel, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the upcoming Dubai Waterfront,” said Ahmed Pauwels, chief executive officer of organiser, Epoc Messe Frankfurt.
“Awareness of the need for energy conservation is spreading across the markets of the Middle East and leading to great potential demand. Light Middle East enables the majors in global lighting solutions to easily research and tap into this promising market,” he added.
The Yas Hotel located in Abu Dhabi has an extraordinary 5000 LED panel gridshell that drapes the hotel in a vibrant shroud of lights. This enables the hotel to act as a light show providing different shades and colours, including animations.
This is the largest colour LED display in the world and the use of the LEDs instead of more conventional lighting helps to conserve a huge amount of energy.
The future may witness complete replacement of incandescent lamps by LEDs across all regional markets. Another prominent trend in the lamps market includes rapid advancements in next-generation light sources such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
OLEDs are expected to become core components of lighting applications, including architectural lighting, general-purpose lighting, industrial lighting, and backlighting.
Aside from public and domestic lighting, LED technology is being increasingly used in a multitude of ways in everyday life such as mobile phones, LED TVs, notebook and laptop computers, backlighting, landscaping and automotive lights. – TradeArabia News Service