'Green' lighting in focus

    The Middle East is keen to be seen to be embracing the green agenda by setting new benchmarks in energy efficiency.
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    One of the ways the UAE is seeking to achieve this target is by embracing the Dubai Government's commitment to the concept of "green buildings", which takes into account a number of factors, including energy consumption.

    More than ever before lighting designers are turning to LED technologies as a solution to reducing the environmental impact of more traditional light sources, just as global lighting companies are realising the need to invest in more environmentally friendly technologies like LED and solar power.

    Last month the world's largest lighting manufacturer, Philips, announced that it aims to triple its business in the Middle East within three years and command a 30% share of the UAE lighting projects business by 2010.

    Philips says this goal will be realised by offering eco-friendly lighting to contractors, as developers are seeking more environmentally friendly solutions to achieve a sustainable future.

    In the UAE, prospects are high for Philips Lighting's green products as authorities attempt to minimise the financial loss from wasted light energy, but there is still some debate from within the lighting industry as to what the light source of the future will be.

    Leading international lighting designers, industry experts, architects and key industry decision makers converged on the Dubai International Convention Centre in May for Light Middle East, with many of them arguing that LED technology had come far enough to be recognised as a light source for the future.



    While many supported the development of the technology, debate raged over whether LEDs could be seen as a holistic solution for the future focus of the industry.

    Despite this, leading designers pushed their LED agenda and stated it was the most environmentally friendly application available on the market today.

    Delegates reinforced their position and declared LED technology would continue to thrive in both the commercial and residential markets.

    Even those most sceptical of LED technology can't deny the radical evolution the light source has made in recent years and that these developments can only be built on in the future.

    Kelly Lewis is the editor of Sound & Stage Middle East.

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