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Xternal sheds light on the Middle East landscaping industry by introducing energy-efficient LED systems

United Arab Emirates: Monday, November 01 - 2010 @ 09:16

Exhibiting at the Garden and Landscaping Middle East exhibition, Xternal will be unveiling the use of energy-efficient lighting used in their projects today. These energy saving solutions are not only focused on the Commercial or Business hubs, Municipal areas and Residential townships but also targeting home owners.

Halogen, metal halide and sodium lamps are commonly used in the landscape industry for outdoor lighting; they are also one of the prime sources of energy consumption in landscaped areas. In an effort to reduce the negative environmental effects caused by the high-energy consumption of traditional lighting systems, Xternal promotes the application of Light-Emitting Diode (LED). The implementation of LED produces long term benefits; mainly providing a longer product life, better performance, lower maintenance cost and less energy consumption.

Away from the landscaping industry, Xternal studied and conducted a research exercise to compare the power consumption and life cycle costs of Halogen and LED light sources. The study was based on two towers in Dubai that currently operate using Halogen lamps in their light fixtures. One tower is 25 floors and the second tower has 53 floors. Each tower has a ground floor and two parking levels. Corridors and core areas on each floor serve the apartments and parking levels for which Xternal based their calculated load for each floor of the building that has approximately 20 fixtures per floor using. Each light fitting uses a 50 watt halogen lamp. These lamps operate for 365 days a year, which equates to 8760 hours of energy consumption per year. After combining the number of lamps in both towers and calculating the energy consumption, we get the following results:

Halogen’s energy consumption @ 50 watt. Total energy consumption results in 70,000 watts or 70Kw lighting power.

The equivalent LED lamps energy consumption is 5-watts, therefore the Total energy consumption results in 4,200 watts or 4.2Kw for the two buildings, showing a power consumption difference of 65.8Kw.

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Xternal and the brain behind the internal research, Fathi Al Busaidy quoted, “As an MEP design engineer, the emphasis throughout my career has always been to save energy. In the recent past the capital cost to implement any energy saving measures had been beyond the project budget allocation. Now with pricing being more competitive and technology catching up with the demand in the Green movement elements within lighting have become more affordable and user friendly, allowing designers to implement energy saving visions.

“Under the direction of HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Ruler of Dubai, and Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai has rolled out a sustainable energy guideline know as LEED in an effort to support the worlds efforts to reduce Global energy consumption. At Xternal we feel the time is right and with the support of our lighting suppliers to teach the general public how they can also contribute to saving our planet.”

In today’s challenging economical climate, conservation of natural resources has become a responsibility for the landscaping industry. In order to protect the environment and create economical security, individuals should favour energy efficient options over the conventional system. Extending the portfolio of existing services such as landscape design and construction which comprises swimming pools, shading structures and recreational features, this year at the exhibition Xternal will be introducing innovative green infrastructure technology, cost-effective water and energy saving techniques, such as water retention systems, soil substrate materials, solar and low consumption lighting and water heating.

Garden and Landscaping Middle East exhibition is a three-day event held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 31 –November 2, 2010.

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