Washington D.C. Metro to convert to low carbon LED lighting

16 December 2013

NEW YORK: Washington D.C.'s Metro Transit Authority has struck a deal with Philips to install LED lights across the city, reducing energy use by 68% a year.

Philips, the global leader in LED lighting systems and member of The Climate Group, has inked a ten year performance lighting contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which serves a population of over five million commuters in the city's metropolitan area. 

Philips will convert 13,000 lighting fixtures in the WMATA's network of garages to custom-designed LEDs. Through an adaptive motion response system and wireless controls, the innovative lighting dims when nobody is near and gets brighter when people are close, helping to both create a safe environment and save energy.

As well as providing brighter, more focused light, the first of its kind sytsem will also provide real time data on energy consumption. The LED lights are so efficient that they will reduce energy usage by 68%--which is around 15 million kilowatt hours per year--as well as remove over 11,000 metric tons of CO2 from the environment. Furthermore, the anticipated carbon footprint reduction of converting to the lighting system is equal to taking more than 2,300 cars off the roads.

Through monitoring and maintaining the lights, Philips will deliver the solution as a service which will be paid for by its own energy savings. Because of this saving, WMATA is able to upgrade the city's infrastructure while avoiding any long term impact to capital and operating budgets.

Bruno Biasiotta, president and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas, said: "With digital lighting systems we really need to break with conventional thinking and look to the services and delivery models of the software industry to understand the future of lighting and how we can remove one of the greatest barriers to adoption – the up-front costs. As a forward-thinking organization, WMATA has taken a holistic view of their parking garage solution and worked with us to finance the system through energy-savings costs, while ensuring they could deliver on their priorities. One of the benefits of this system is that real-time access to actionable data ‘future-proofs’ the system, allowing Metro to continually adapt to their needs through real time monitoring and measurement."

Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group, said: "We applaud Philips for developing a new financing model to help accelerate the uptake of efficient LED lighting in the Washington D.C. metro area. Hopefully the energy savings should help Congress see the economic and environmental benefits of LEDs more clearly.”

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