DM to donate 100,000 Dubai lamps for government housing projects

100,000 lamps to be provided over the course of next few years free of charge

[File Image] - Officials from Philips - the makers of the bulb - and Dubai Municipality at the unveiling of the Dubai Lamp at WETEX 2016.
[File Image] - Officials from Philips - the makers of the bulb - and Dubai Municipality at the unveiling of the Dubai Lamp at WETEX 2016.

Dubai Municipality has allocated Dubai's housing projects 100,000 lamps from Dubai Lamp, made available free of charge as part of its ‘Year of Giving’ initiative.

The move is part of the municipality’s community responsibility, serving the nation and contributing to the development process, said Eng. Ahmed Saeed Al Badwawi, Director of Applied Sustainability and Renewable Energy Department.

He added that Dubai Municipality’s latest innovations in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions is part of its corporate social responsibility.

“The lamps will be provided and distributed over the coming years free of charge for the benefit of the local community. The initiative includes studying the lighting needs in residential areas and replacement of the currently available old lamps, in coordination with the donor organisation.

“The savings that will be achieved from this initiative of distributing 100,000 lamps in the housing projects will be $1.04 (AED4,000,000) during the year, and 10,700,0 00 kWh of energy per year in addition to 6,400 tons of carbon dioxide emissions,” said Al Badwawi.

He said that Dubai Lamp represents an innovation in terms of environmentally friendly specifications. “The lamp does not contain mercury and heavy toxins, which makes it safe for household uses. It also does not produce ultraviolet rays, or generates heat and thus saves cooling comfort in the lighted rooms and reduce the electric load on the air conditioning,” said Al Badwawi.

He said the Dubai Plan 2030 aims to reduce the non-clean energy by 30%, equivalent to 1000 GW per year and carbon emissions by 16%, by 2021 and protecting the environment using clean energy in the emirate. “Dubai lamp serves this strategy by reducing energy consumption by 90% and will reduce an amount of 640 kilo tons of carbon dioxide emissions until 2021,” said Al Badwawi.

He explained that Dubai Municipality's focus will shift to a grassroots level by integrating sustainability in the design and construction of houses, villas and industrial facilities.

This means Dubai Lamp’s implementation in the next phase will be linked to building licenses and designs in the emirate, as technical and architectural studies are now focusing on the importance of using the light bulb to provide clean energy.

Divulging more details of the Dubai Lamp Al Badwawi said it's available in three power ratings: one-, two- and three-watt bulbs instead of the traditional 20 watts -60 watts

The cost of the lamp is competitive and are currently available in the market. The average lifespan of the lamp is up to 25 years,” he added.

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