Emerging lighting technologies are the next major frontier in helping cities reduce their energy consumption and create more enjoyable landscapes for their...
Emerging lighting technologies are the next frontier in helping cities reduce their energy consumption and create more enjoyable landscapes for their residents, said Mieke De Schepper, general manager of Philips Lighting Singapore at a media sharing session entitled “How our lives in Asian cities will be impacted by lighting innovations” on Tuesday, in conjunction with the i Light Marina Bay 2014 festival.
De Schepper, along with professors Thomas Schroepfer and Suranga Nanayakkara from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), shared how lighting is a “low-hanging fruit” in terms of the energy that can be saved in buildings and urban infrastructure.
Philips, which has two exhibits at the festival, used hardware such as innovative LED lamps, and software solutions such as sensor-controlled, programmable lighting systems for these art installations. The lights of the interactive iSwarm exhibit, for example, are controlled by 34 sensors located along the surrounding railings, and these change colours depending on audience movements.
Philips offers these technologies as simultaneously sustainable and attractive. “We are committed to offering lighting solutions which improve people’s lives that are innovative and environmentally sound”, said De Schepper.
“Innovations in LED lighting have opened a new frontier of possibilities in green design and ultimately how our cities look and feel. i Light Marina Bay provides an opportunity to bring these possibilities into the conversation,” added associate professor Schroepfer.
In commercial buildings, a study by the US-based New Buildings Instituteshows that lighting accounts for 20 per cent of the total energy usage, and 38 per cent of electricity consumption. According to the Association of the German Electrical Industry, this energy consumption can be reduced by up to 80 per cent using intelligent lighting systems, indicating the potential for improved energy efficiency and cost savings by examining lighting use in buildings.
At the event, De Schepper and associate professor Schroepfer also explained how the interactive technologies seen at the Philips’ i Light Marina Bay 2014 exhibits could be applied to commercial buildings. Doing so could result in lights being automatically dimmed in spaces with less traffic or activity; lighting brightness could be adjusted according to ambient light, and individuals would be able to optimise the hue and brightness of their workspaces for maximum productivity, said the two. By introducing real-time, smart sensing of occupants’ lighting needs of occupants, and changing multiple variables, these new lighting technologies help optimise energy usage and user experience, they added.