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7 September 2009


Portuguese cities expand LUXEON-based LED street-light installation

After first being introduced in April on a street in the town of Pombal, the implementation of LED street lighting in Portugal has gathered pace over the summer as EnergiaViva has completed installing the new UrbanLED street light in ten towns and cities, namely Alcochete, Moita, Barreiro, Arraiolos, Pombal, Santa Maria de Feira Vale de Cambra, Estarreja, Coimbra and Torres Vedras.

Using LUXEON Rebel power LEDs from Philips Lumileds of San Jose, CA, USA, the luminaires provide a combination of power efficiency, color rendering index (CRI), uniform light distribution, and low maintenance and repair costs. The white light from the UrbanLED transforms areas that were previously a dark yellowish color from the high-pressure sodium lamps that they replace.

Picture: Street light using LUXEON LEDs lights in a neighborhood in Portugal.

These qualities have seen it quickly gain favor in Portugal, says Lumileds. Installation work in a further 20 Portuguese municipalities is expected to be completed this autumn.

The forecast implementation of UrbanLED around Portugal is proof of the financial case that the high-efficiency, low-maintenance street lighting offers, states Lumileds.

The accelerating roll-out of LED street lighting means that high-pressure sodium lamps could begin to be eliminated from Portuguese streets. “In the ten towns that have UrbanLED street lights, the municipal authorities are already seeing the benefits—a hugely improved urban environment at night time, lower electricity costs, and a reduced requirement for the time of maintenance crews,” says EnergiaViva director Luis Mota. “It’s encouraging to see how many more local authorities in Portugal are also taking a long-term view and investing in state-of-the-art lighting,” he adds. “We see a complete national conversion to solid-state technology as a realistic goal over the next several years.”

The installation progress in Portugal is the result of a consortium of companies in the energy, lighting and construction industries. Exporlux and its development division BlueSpan (which is responsible for the luminaire design) plus Rosas Construtores SA have joined forces and, as EnergiaViva, deliver a complete solid-state street lighting solution to municipalities.

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