Lighting industry undergoing major transformation with energy efficient solutions

Lighting industry undergoing major transformation with energy efficient solutions
“Philips has been also instrumental in enhancing sustainability through innovations in lighting technology,” said Indranil Goswami, Business Head, Controls, Philips Lighting India
One can save up to 80 per cent of energy costs by adopting energy-saving lighting, and Philips is continuously involved in developing breakthrough technologies to help save energy. We talked with Indranil Goswami and try to find out what kind of innovation Philips is endorsing in the lighting industry.
Brief us about the adoption of sustainability in India, and what is the growth map in coming years.Today India is growing at an accelerating pace, and it is of pivotal importance that we switch to sustainable buildings. It is time that we adopt the best practices and designs to ensure efficient use of resources. The Indian government has also been aggressively endorsing the green design. At a recent national conference on green design organised by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, President Pranab Mukherjee called for the adoption of GRIHA, a national rating system for green buildings to boost public and private sector construction of environment friendly buildings. With such measures being taken at the national level, sustainability has a long way to go in India.
How will LED lighting help in emission of carbon dioxide?Lighting is responsible for 35 per cent of energy consumption in buildings — more than twice the amount consumed by IT and office equipment. In short, globally energy-efficient lighting in offices, industry, retail and hospitality could save 331 million tonnes of CO2, 936 million barrels of oil equivalent or 312 power stations at 2 TWh a year. And replacing T8 fluorescent tubes in an office or factory by TL5s with lighting controls saves 61 per cent energy or 93 kg CO2 per year per lamp, and the same is valid for replacing HID high-bay lamps in the industry with LED luminaries for hard to reach ceilings.
Also, as more efforts are being taken to spread the awareness about green buildings, the implementation of innovative LED lighting solutions in the public offices and office buildings will make a significant contribution to the global carbon problem.
How does intelligent lighting works?Intelligent lighting controls save up to 70 per cent energy per year. Energy within a building is consumed by its occupants and their behaviours. Controls automatically switch lights off when spaces are empty and adjust the lighting levels based on the amount of natural light available. For example, smart lighting could connect the TV and music system to come on automatically as the lights come on when the home owner enters the house.
The intelligent lighting controls maps the energy consumption and allows customisation of lighting according to each work environment and gives the users a control over the lighting. It is the future of buildings and energy management systems. Philips has long been at the forefront of innovation in lighting technology to boost sustainability.
What are the revolution happening in lighting sector?The lighting industry is undergoing a major transformation with energy efficient and LED lighting solutions. As the worldwide market leader in lighting, Philips is focusing on developing innovative, sustainable lighting solutions. Philips provides advanced energy-efficient solutions for all segments: road lighting, office and industrial, hospitality and home. It has been also instrumental in enhancing sustainability through innovations in lighting technology.
Philips offers a broad range of full-featured, energy-saving light products and solutions that reflect the best in energy-saving technology available today, including the world’s most energy efficient halogens, TLs and high-quality compact fluorescents (CFLs), and LEDs. The green solutions offered by Philips reduce costs, energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
What is Philips’s contribution toward green buildings in India?Philips has been closely working with the industry bodies like ELCOMA and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency toward addressing India’s power crisis through promotion of energy-efficient lighting in India. Philips is also a founding member of the India Green Building Council. Philips offers LED-based lighting solutions for all segments: road lighting, office and industrial, hospitality and home. We, at Philips, believe that each one of us play a part to respond in today’s climate challenges and are committed to help the customers with energy-efficient solutions, helping them in fulfilling their responsibility toward our planet.
What innovative steps are being taken by Philips to reduce energy costs?Philips is continuously involved in developing breakthrough technologies to help save energy.  We offer an extensive collection of energy-saving light bulbs that includes halogens, TLs and high-quality compact fluorescents (CFLs). These energy saving lamps use less energy but generates the same amount of light, and it lasts longer and is economically smart. One can save up to 80 per cent of energy costs by adopting energy-saving lighting.
What kind of government support you are expecting for energy consumption?The Indian government is taking initiatives along with the industry to encourage adoption of energy-efficient lighting solutions. Philips works closely with organisations like IGBC, BEE, TERI etc. to create platforms to educate consumers and create more awareness around the benefits of making the switch. Philips was also associated with the Bachat Lamp Yojana in Kerala, rolled out in 2010.

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