Building a Greener UAE: Implications of the new Lighting Standards
Light is undeniably essential for life as it provides significant service to people in all places. Both indoor and outdoor lighting is beneficial. Indoor lighting increases visibility of all visual task and reduces fatigue, both in residential and working environments thereby improving productivity, promoting safety, accuracy and comfort while outdoor lighting enhances the quality, safety and usability of streets and roads for motorists, pedestrians and residents.
Due to its high significance, a heavy reliance on lighting is evident in the country leading to high electrical energy consumption and carbon emissions. With this in mind, the UAE government together with key strategic partners collaborated to develop the Ecological Footprint Initiative which involves putting up together a lighting standard that is ecologically well-thought of with practical and economical solutions thereby securing the future of energy savings and carbon reduction. The timely switch to a more effective and efficient approach makes the future even brighter.
In this issue, Snag & Inspect as an advocate of this standard presents a review of the UAE lighting standard, how it was developed and the exceptional implications and benefits that can be derived from its implementation.
The big switch that came effect last month allows property owners and tenants to save their wallets from draining because of expensive utility bills by moving to an energy-efficient lighting system. The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology with its key strategic partners of the UAE’s Ecological Footprint Initiative introduced the UAE Lighting Standards urging the residents and businesses to switch to energy efficient lighting. This standard mandated the use of energy-efficient, high quality, safe and with limited hazardous chemical bulbs (i.e, Compact fluorescent lamps, Halogens and Light Emitting Diodes) instead of low quality indoor bulbs (incandescent). Retailers and wholesalers are given six months to sell all their stocks of incandescent bulbs and the complete sale ban would be implemented in January 2015.
UAE’s demand for power is three times more than the average due population growth, increasing rate of urbanization coupled with lifestyle improvement and construction boom. With this alarming rate of increase in demand, which is projected to grow by 3% per year, the lighting standard is extremely beneficial. The potential for energy and financial savings from interior and exterior lighting systems alone could go up to 50% of the country’s current electricity consumption and therefore, decreases the contribution of greehouseative introduced the UAE Lighting Standards urging the residents and businesses to switch to energy efficient lighting. This standard mandated the use of energy-efficient, high quality, safe and with limited hazardous chemical bulbs (i.e, Compact fluorescent lamps, Halogens and Light Emitting Diodes) instead of low quality indoor bulbs (incandescent). Retailers and wholesalers are given six months to sell all their stocks of incandescent bulbs and the complete sale ban would be implemented in January 2015.
gas emission per year up to 940,000 tinnes that is equivalent to taking 165,000 cars off the road. In terms of actual savings, UAE residents can gradually see the value of switching to CFLs, halogens and LEDs in their monthly bills by up to 20%. Although these new light options are not as cheap as the standard (incandescent) bulbs, they come with extremely long life span. So for those who are still unconvinced, yes, these environmentally-friendly lights may pose a higher upfront investment but the return in terms of financial savings is twice as much or even higher.
The move to an energy-efficient lightning scheme is simple. Adopting these new light options do not require compels re-installation or major changes in the light fittings and wiring systems. These are basically three simple steps to follow:
1. Check the lamp base;
2. Check the bulb shape and wattage of the existing lamp and;
3. Look for the exact same lamp base, similar shape and equivalent wattage in energy-sufficient bulbs.
Snag & Inspect advocates the implementation of the lightning standards in the UAE. As part of the company’s energy solutions dynamics, Snag & Inspect aims to educate their most valued clients to raise awareness of what does the UAE lighting standard really means to property owners and tenants in terms of actual savings. After all, simple initiatives and practices from the users of facilities make a large portion of the overall savings.