Around 15% of the total electricity output of an industrialized economy like South Africa goes to lighting and approximately half of a city’s energy bills are on lighting – for public offices, schools and outdoor environments.

With electricity use a constant concern across the African continent, workable and sustainable solutions are needed now more than ever. Driven by an increase in urbanization and transformation in Africa, a tremendous opportunity for economic and social development exists. However, large scale growth also presents huge challenges, specifically with regard to energy. Energy efficiency is crucial to achieving smart cities of the future that are livable, safe and also aesthetically pleasing.

In a roadshow by global leader in LED lighting Philips, themed ‘Sustainability through Innovation’,  the company is looking to spearhead LED lighting revolution in Africa with smart lighting solutions designed for the continent.

To mark the campaign that began in South Africa Capetown, Philips lit up the iconic Clock Tower, the Port Captain’s building and the Swing Bridge, at the popular V&A Waterfront. The V&A Waterfront is a very popular destination for international visitors and locals in Cape Town; the illumination of these iconic monuments at the Waterfront adds to the beautification of the entire area.

LED lighting solutions to improve energy performance in public spaces

As a contribution to enhancing the attractiveness of iconic monuments across Africa while reducing energy consumption in parallel (a project that Philips started during last year’s roadshow), Philips has installed its latest Vaya LED lighting solutions combining warm and cool daylight colors to create an almost mythical atmosphere around the Clock Tower, the Port Captain’s building and the Swing Bridge that bring history to life.

The LED Lighting installed has a lifetime of up to 50,000 (fifty thousand) hours and is entirely cutting edge, with each luminaire having its own IP address; a precursor to the future of connected lighting in an environment steeped in history.

We can make significant savings – on average 40% – simply by switching to energy-efficient lighting technologies.

Advantages of Vaya LED lighting solutions

  • Dynamic lighting that makes it possible to adjust the atmosphere of the site (change of intensity and color).
  • A longer lifespan of the installation: around fifty thousand (50,000) hours compared to twelve thousand (12,000) hours with conventional lighting.
  • A reduction in maintenance costs: LED luminaires require little maintenance, while at the same time they cut energy consumption by 80% compared to conventional lighting.

Philips has pledged to illuminate iconic national monuments or provide road and street illumination with digital LED technology, leaving behind a permanent legacy while reducing energy consumption by up to 80% compared to conventional lighting.


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Winfred Kuria is a self-constituted web content writer in charge of Tech News and Events Publicity at She will communicate in the simplest way possible with an aim of changing the world one mind at a time.


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