LED streetlighting saves energy and cuts carbon in Al Ain

GE Lighting has completed the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting in Al Ain Municipality in Abu Dhabi. The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 234,000 kg per year.

Also known as the Garden City due to its picturesque location and lush greenery, Al Ain is the second largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the fourth largest city in the UAE. Al Ain aims to be recognised as a world-class municipal system, so improving services, ensuring sustainable development and enhancing citizens’ quality of life are key priorities for the municipality.

The main focus of the retrofit was on providing improved illumination and better energy efficiency, while simultaneously enhancing the visual appeal of the famous Garden City. A spokesperson from the Quality Section Group of Al Ain Municipality commented: “As a government entity committed to enhancing the well-being of the people, we deliver the best in-class and customer-oriented municipal services. Our municipal lighting serves not only the function of public safety and convenience, but also adds to the aesthetics of our city. As part of our emphasis on optimising energy use, and in line with the green vision of the government, we decided to revamp our street lighting with LED solutions.”

GE Lighting installed its ERS 2 557 94W lamps as part of the original street lighting design. Adhering to the existing street lighting system was a challenge, which GE addressed by drawing on its experience of working on similar projects globally, choosing technology that has already proved its merits at earlier applications in cities such as Las Vegas in the USA.

GE Lighting adopted an integrated approach to facilitate the project by using its ERS LED scalable fixtures, which provide optimal illumination. While preserving the aesthetic look of the roadways, GE Lighting's solution balances the technical needs of a sophisticated LED system with the functional demands of an outdoor fixture that faces extreme weather conditions such as in the UAE.

The LED retrofit has delivered significant energy and carbon savings, which in turn is supporting the municipality in reaching its sustainability goals. The new lighting solution is expected to achieve a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 234,400 kg per year. The lighting solutions have also reduced glare and improved light control, which adds to road safety.

In addition, the long lifespan of up to 50,000 hours will mean reduced maintenance requirements for Al Ain Municipality.