Philips Lighting organizes webinar on relevance of lighting for socio-economic development

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11 November 2015

LONDON: The ability to create light on demand has been a key driver of cultural, social and economic development. In the 19th century, incandescent light bulbs quickly became the world’s first massively popular electric appliance. But this was an inefficient form of illumination, and the effects are still felt today: 19% of the world’s electricity is spent on lighting.

LED lights can change this. For instance, experience learns that cities that have adopted LED street lighting achieved energy savings of between 50-70% and these savings increase when combined with LED smart controls. For this reason, The Climate Group and Philips started a campaign and call on every single city and utility around the world to schedule the switch of their street lighting to LED by 2025.

Street Lighting - Buenos Aires - LED

Image: LED street lights in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Energy-efficient lighting can help pave the way toward a more sustainable future. This also involves issues like eradicating “light poverty” and promoting connected lighting.

In a special 'Light Bite' webinar titled 'The relevance of lighting for socio-economic development into the 21st century', the Philips Lighting Academy will reflect on how this can be realised.

Sign up for this webinar with Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Philips Lighting, and discover how lighting innovations can contribute to reach Sustainable Development Goals and help improve the well-being and development of the world.

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by Arianna Tozzi

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