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Streetlights: Changing our night sky, one lamppost at a time

by Edward Smalley, MSSLC [The Boston Globe, August 2, 2012]

Cities could be saving millions in infrastructure costs annually — while saving valuable energy resources. There are an estimated 26 million streetlights in the United States, consuming as much electricity annually as 1.9 million households and generating greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 2.6 million cars. At least 60 percent of these streetlights are owned and operated by the private sector. However, nearly all are paid for with public dollars, costing the United States more than $2 billion annually in energy alone. For many cities, street lighting is the largest fixed annual general-fund expense. Put simply, the lights must be on, and taxpayers have to pay for them. [more]

Philips joins The Climate Group’s LED lighting campaign

by Tim Whitaker, Editor [LEDs Magazine, February, 2012]

Philips has become a corporate partner in The Climate Group’s three-year Clean Revolution campaign, which aims to speed up the global switch to LED lighting.

Philips Lighting has become the first corporate partner to join The Climate Group's three-year Clean Revolution campaign. The partnership aims to speed up the global switch to LED lighting, which offers extraordinary opportunities for significant cuts in both energy use and worldwide carbon-dioxide emissions, according to the participants.

The Climate Group is an independent, not-for-profit organization working with governments and business leaders to advance policies, technologies and financing that will accelerate low-carbon economic growth. In December 2009, The Climate Group launched its LightSavers program of outdoor LED lighting demonstration projects. [more]

Quality Leadership

[Quality Magazine, February 7, 2012]

Philips Hadco UniversityPhilips Hadco has been a leader in manufacturing high-performance, exceptional quality, decorative outdoor lighting products since 1953. Serving the municipal, utility, commercial and residential lighting markets, the company's lean, made-to-order philosophy and commitment to providing short lead times allows it to consistently meet or exceed customer expectations. Philips Hadco specializes in custom and modified products and utilizes the latest technologies available. All Philips Hadco products are manufactured to ISO 9001: 2000 standards. [more]

PHILIPS Lighting Earns 2011 Leader of Change Award

[Philips Lighting, October 6, 2011]

New York, N.Y. – For its longstanding commitment to sustainability through the development of innovative lighting, including light-emitting diode (LED) technologies, Philips Lighting has been selected as a 2011 Leader of Change Award winner by the Foundation for Social Change and the United Nations Office for Partnerships. [more]

MSSLC Publishes Model Specification

[October 26, 2011]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) published version 1.0 of their new Model Specification for LED Roadway Luminaires. This document was developed by Consortium members with input from a manufacturer’s working group. Philips Hadco collaborated with this group in reviewing and providing input to the specification. [more]

Philips Hadco lights up the City of Boston

by Mayor's Press Office [City of Boston, July 26, 2011]

- Savings of $1.1 million annually in electricity costs expected with 14,000 new energy-efficient LED luminaires.

- LEDs will help eliminate more than 5,000 tons of greenhouse gas annually.

Philips Hadco and Hurry Associates recently partnered with the City of Boston to convert more than 14,000 of their mercury vapor street and roadway luminaires to energy efficient LED technology. The collaboration further strengthens both Philips Hadco as a leader in sustainable LED lighting solutions and the City of Boston as one of the greenest cities in the U.S. The conversion is expected to save the city approximately 8.9 million kilowatt hours (KWh) of energy each year. [more]

Colour rendering from LED lighting

by Steve Bush [, August 10, 2011]
Specifying white LEDs can be far more complicated than you think

For general road lighting, Lumileds' Hechfellner thinks streetlights need more reason and less specmanship. After all, you will not have forgotten that the incumbent technology has a CRI of 25 max. "Is the objective to make cars look good, or higher energy efficiency?" he asks. "We could see 10-15% extra energy efficiency if we went from 70 CRI to 60 CRI. We are struggling to persuade the industry." So don't over-specify CRI if you don't need it, unless you like wasting power. [more]

DOE Announces Philips as First Winner of the L Prize Competition

Prize Light
[August 3, 2011]

On August 3, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that Philips Lighting North America has won the first award under the Department's Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. DOE's L Prize challenged the lighting industry to strive to develop super high-performance, energy-saving replacements for conventional light bulbs that will save American consumers and businesses money. [more]

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