Philips; the global leader in lighting, will upgrade the streets of Madrid, Spain from 225,000 street lights to internet connected LEDs for improving efficiency, costs and light quality. This system will save Madrid 44 percent of its lighting energy usage compared to the existing infrastructure. The financial savings from the project will be used for upgrading the technology.
LED based technology will be installed in about 84,000 street lights while the remaining will have more energy efficient non-LED lighting. This new lighting system will help Madrid to monitor and control the lighting using existing control system.
Philips will use 84,000 locally manufactured LED lamps and luminaires with 51,000 globe-shaped lampposts and 33,000 LED plates installed with existing lampposts. The government of the city of Madrid wanted to convert 100% of its street lighting to Philips energy efficient lighting to make the city smarter.
On this occasion, Madrid Mayor Ana Botella shared his viewpoint, “This will be the biggest technological renewal ever seen in Madrid City. A change that will allow achieving some important goals. Namely, reducing the city’s energy consumption thanks to energy efficient luminaires, extending the lifespan of the city lighting and controlling light pollution by enabling the regulation of the intensity of light when and where it’s needed.”
The lamps and lampposts replaced will be recycled according to the current regulations for the safe disposal of products containing heavy metals such as mercury. Philips is currently upgrading 91,000 street lights with similar connected LED technology in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Madrid will look more technologically equipped despite the preserved historic element of the city. Don’t you think?