The energy-efficient bulb can cut energy use up to 95% compared to a conventional lamp
According to a memo issued by the Dubai Municipality (DM) to all the contractors, developers and consultancies operating in the emirate, the use of the newly developed energy-efficient “Dubai Lamp” has been deemed mandatory for all new developments overseen by the Dubai Municipality. This new mandate will require all new apartments for sale in Dubai will have the energy-saving light bulbs pre-installed.
This progressive initiative derives from the sustained efforts made by the Government of Dubai to guarantee sustainability in all its developments and programmes in collaboration with international consultancies.
The incredible effort put into the development of this ‘next generation’ light bulb has produced the world’s first commercially viable 200 lumen per Watt LED lamp, which can cut electricity usage by up to 95 per cent and can last an average of 25,000 hours longer than a conventional lamp.
Manufacturing and distribution of the lamp began in March 2017; currently there are five types of lamps available. There are 1W candle lamps which will replace the 25W incandescent lamp, 2W bulbs to replace the 40W incandescent lamps, 3W bulbs to replace the 60W incandescent lamps and 3W MR16 spots to replace the 50W halogen spots.
The municipality eventually plans to make use of the lightbulb mandatory for older buildings, with the goal of replacing 80 per cent of traditional lamps used in Dubai.
Implementation in December 2017
The Director of Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department, Layali Al Mulla, suggests that all consultancies and contractors have to develop a proper mechanism relevant to the nature of their projects, including those under construction, to commit to using the Dubai Lamp.
The implementation of the mandate comes into effect in December 2017, when the municipality will begin verifying the use of the LED light across all buildings and only grant a building completion certificate if this is confirmed.
“In case other lamps similar to the Dubai Lamp have already been purchased or contracted upon ahead of issuing this memo, the contractor concerned shall have to submit the relevant purchase invoices upon applying for the Building Completion Certificate,” said Layali Al Mulla.
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