LEDs Light Up Madrid
Royal Philips is updating the entire street lighting system in Madrid, Spain, in what the company says is the largest street lighting project in the world to date. Philips will provide the Madrid government with 225,000 new energy-efficient LED lights, which are expected to cut the city’s energy bill by 44 percent.
The project includes the replacement of 51,000 globe-shaped lampposts with LED lamps and luminaires and the installation of 33,000 LED plates within existing lampposts. The remaining street lights will be equipped with more energy efficient non-LED lights provided by Philips.
The lighting system will include a command panel that is capable of regulating the intensity and duration of lighting across the city according to where it is needed most.
Replaced lamps and lampposts will be recycled by Ambilamp in accordance with current regulations for the safe disposal of products containing heavy metals, such as mercury.
The project is being conducted in collaboration with ESCO energy service companies hired by the Madrid city council through a public bidding process.
Financial details were not disclosed; however, according to Philips, the energy savings achieved through the upgrade would finance the project.
Royal Philips retrofitted the interior of Notre-Dame de Paris with more than 400 LED luminaires earlier this year. The project reduced energy consumption at the historic cathedral by 80 percent.
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