Philips Converts Street Lights in Buenos Aires to LED Technology

Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, has been selected by the government of the city of Buenos Aires to renew its street lighting system with LED technology. Philips will replace the majority of the 125,000 existing street lights with new LED luminaires within a 3-year term. Philips was awarded the contract as a result of a public bidding process. 

Philips’ LED-based lighting will enable energy savings of over 50% for the city, a significant reduction in CO2 emissions every year, and offers a lifetime that is five times longer than conventional lighting. This will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the lighting system and reduce maintenance costs for the city of Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires (left) before LED installments and after LED installments (right).

“With the rapid growth in population and the expansion of urban areas, the world needs better and more efficient light. The arrival of innovative LED lighting has brought about a radical change in the industry. In addition to enabling energy savings, it provides our customers with unique, flexible, sustainable, and integrated lighting solutions which were not even envisioned only a few years ago,” stated Gustavo Verna, CEO of Philips Argentina.

The white light of LED lighting enables better facial recognition and adequate color perception, not only by the human eye, but also by security cameras, strengthening crime prevention. The improved visibility and security through Philips’ LED lighting will enable people to enjoy public spaces in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires (left) before LED installments and after LED installments (right).

Another important benefit of LED lighting is the ability to be remotely controlled. In addition to the replacement of street luminaires, Philips has developed a tailor-made solution for the City of Buenos Aires based on its CityTouch Tele-management platform. The system enables monitoring of each light point in the network on an individual basis, allowing the optimal operation of each luminaire and programming of potential replacements or future maintenance tasks. The system also provides the possibility to switch off or dim lighting levels, depending on specific requirements, thus dramatically reducing energy consumption.

The renewal process in figures:

  • 91,000 street lights will be replaced with LED technology (including luminaires on avenues, streets, and parks)
  • The city will save over 50% of its energy consumption after implementing this technology.
  • The new luminaires will last up to 5 times longer than conventional lighting.
  • The luminaire replacement process will take 3 years.
  • Approximately 10,000 luminaires have already been installed to date.

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