USA - Philips (www.philips.com) was recently awarded a ten year performance lighting contract from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
WMATA plans to upgrade the lighting in 25 parking garages. The organization recently decided to upgrade their aging high pressure sodium lighting system to an innovative LED system from Philips that could provide white light exactly when and where it was needed.
Over 13,000 lighting fixtures will be converted to a custom-designed LED lighting solution that will be manufactured in Philips' facilities located in San Marcos, Texas. The LED lighting is expected to reduce energy usage by 68 percent or 15 million kWatt hours per year and provide real time data on energy consumption.
Philips is helping the WMATA finance the purchase through energy cost savings with no upfront capital costs. Philips will manage the installation process then continually manage the monitoring of the system over the duration of the ten-year contract, ensuring that the system is running optimally and making any necessary adjustments that can help WMATA better serve its customers.
Philips claims that the new system is the first of its kind and that it will make the garages brighter and safer for WMATA's 66,000 parking garage customers. Moreover, Philips has worked closely with WMATA to understand their needs, and will tailor the lighting in each garage to ensure that it delivers the optimum light levels for that structure. This will allow for quick response times should there be a system related issue.
Philips notes that because of the project's monitoring service and financing that is paid for with the energy savings, WMATA is able to upgrade their infrastructure without long term impact to capital and operating budgets.
Philips says that the LED lighting can be combined with other building automation systems. The project will cover both the interior and exterior lighting of the parking garages and will include Philips' latest site-specific systems, the G3 and EcoForm luminaires. Both luminaires feature the latest Philips Luxeon LED technology, in a configurable modular design. According to Philips, an adaptive motion response system and wireless controls allow the system to dim when no one is present and increase light levels when a space is occupied.
"With digital lighting systems we really need to break with conventional thinking and look to the services and delivery models of the software industry to understand the future of lighting and how we can remove one of the greatest barriers to adoption – the up-front costs," said Bruno Biasiotta, president and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas.
"As a forward-thinking organization, WMATA has taken a holistic view of their parking garage solution and worked with us to finance the system through energy-savings costs, while ensuring they could deliver on their priorities. One of the benefits of this system is that real-time access to actionable data 'future-proofs' the system, allowing Metro to continually adapt to their needs through real time monitoring and measurement."