Philips designed these lamps to offer several tangible benefits, which will take light and energy efficiency to a whole new level. Philips Dubai Lamps help minimise electricity usage by up to 90%. They are high for durability as well, with a lifespan, 15 times longer than the conventional bulbs. The lamp is eco-friendly too since it does not contain mercury or generate heat, which helps cut down cooling cost and reduce UV lights.
An essential requirement for acquiring approvals:
Dubai lamps are one of the strategic projects To transform Dubai into one of the smartest and most sustainable cities worldwide. The Dubai authorities and Philips have agreed on an attractive deal. All new buildings in Dubai are to be lit up by LED lamps to enhance energy efficiency. In a five-year contract, the Dubai authorities have commissioned Philips to supply two million “Dubai Lamps.”
The effect on the professional lighting Market
The designer community is demanding, and the Dubai lamps don’t exactly have much to offer regarding choices. The lamps do not have a warm colour temperature of 2700k. Also, CRI of 90+ is not available. Also, it’s not dimmable lamps. Vintage bulb shapes are incredibly popular in Dubai, and the Dubai lamp again lacks choices in the design aspect too. All of these points are essential elements of several high-end projects.
The director of Nulty+ lighting consultancy stated that enhancing energy efficiency is essential, and Dubai Lamp is a step in the right direction. But at the same time making the lamps mandatory for all buildings when there is a limited range of choices, that too from a single brand only, is a significant drawback.
The Dubai Lamp is a product designed for the consumers and doesn’t have much to offer the professionals. Furthermore, limiting the options in the lighting market also affects fair competition.
An insufficient solution for professional lighting applications.
For instance, when designing a five-star hotel the interior designer requires some extraordinary table lamps. When it comes to choices of bulbs, the market only offers a handful of designs in 3000K or 6500K, and a CRI of 80. As such, it becomes tough for the designer to bring their vision to life.
The new energy-saving approach of Dubai has been critically in comparison with that of Abu Dhabi. The neighbouring emirate has garnered appreciation for developing comprehensive criteria and clear guidelines for street and public lighting. At the same time, the Abu Dhabi lighting plan doesn’t compromise on market requirements.
What' is next? 2019 to tell...
Now that 2018 is almost coming to an end, compliance with Dubai lamp law looms closer. Irrespective of what lighting community has to say, using “Dubai Lamp.” within all the new buildings across the emirate is now a requirement.
Our question is; does the advantage of enhanced energy efficiency outweigh the disadvantages of closing the lighting market on only one brand, and with limited choices? Is there no other way out to achieve energy efficiency, without compromising the market?