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LED scale-up: Lightsavers Trials


Technology adoption takes time. It is crucial for any technology at the early stage of development to prove its performance and reliability over extended periods of time by means of small pilots and trials which can also serve to gain public feedback. 

The Climate Group has been involved in providing support for the adoption of energy efficient LED lighting across the world. The Lightsavers program consisted of global LED trials in 12 cities designed to evaluate available LED products. The trials also set out to verify industry claims of LED product durability, energy savings, compliance with local lighting standards, product lifespan, public reaction, and overall business case.   

The trials involved the testing of 27 different LED products in a total of 15 trials running from October 2009 to January 2012. The trials used a common monitoring protocol and standardized measurement equipment to determine how LED luminaires preformed compared with baseline conventional lamps under a wide variety of settings and weather conditions.

The full results of the LightSavers project are presented in the ‘Lighting the Clean Revolution’ report where we concluded that LED technology was technically ready for full scale roll out in cities around the world. Along with this report, The Climate Group also published a technical summary for lighting managers as well as a series of city specific reports.

The Lightsavers project was supported by The HSBC Climate Partnership, the British High Commission in India, and Philips Lighting. The LightSavers mark was licensed from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund which pioneered the LED piloting approach, and we are currently working in partnership with the Canadian Urban Institute which is continuing the LightSavers project in Canada.

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