Solar power lights Cape sports field

2013-05-15 14:41
Philips has built a set of solar powered floodlights in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Philips has built a set of solar powered floodlights in Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Cape Town - Philips has built a set of solar powered floodlights in Cape Town in a programme to roll out 100 "Community Light Centres" across Africa.

The electronics giant demonstrated the venue to media on Tuesday and said that LEDs are a focus area for the company.

"We have a power problem in the world today and LEDs are going to play a big role in helping to solve that," Nick Kelso, senior communications manager for Philips Lighting told News24.

The lighting set on the sports field consumes only 56W of power and it has a battery backup buried under concrete to prevent vandalism.

"Already in the world today light emitting diodes, or LEDs are the most efficient type of lighting we have and it's about to get a whole lot more efficient," Kelso sad.

LED equivalent

The City of Cape Town is one the first recipients of the lighting set and Phillips aims to build 100 light centres in African countries where it is estimated that 600 million people live without electricity.

"It's wonderful to have Philips who are putting these lights in for us, who are making it possible for sport fields to stay open late at night, who are giving us power without the need to relay on very expensive Eskom electricity and very unreliable, sometimes, Eskom electricity," said Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee member for the City of Cape Town.

Philips has been investing in LEDs and 23% of sales are attributed to the technology. The company has projected that LED will make up 75% of sales by 2020.

Kelso also announced a 100W LED equivalent light bulb that fits into a standard socket, while producing a significant saving in electrical consumption.

"These are high quality alternatives to incandescent light bulbs which are going to disappear very soon," he said.

Philips recently announced that it had successfully doubled the efficiency of LEDs which could see an exponential growth in lighting solutions, especially in developing countries, said Kelso.

"LED, when combined with solar technology, opens up huge possibilities for Africa and for the world."

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