The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has embarked on Phase I of replacing the existing traffic lights in Dubai by halogen bulbs using LED power-saving technology. Such as step contributes to realizing RTA’s strategic goals of safety and environmental sustainability aimed at enhancing the traffic safety level and keeping abreast of the green economy drive.
Engineer Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency, said: “Replacing the traffic lights is part of a plan set by the RTA for the second half of this year to upgrade traffic systems; which would accordingly improve the traffic safety on the heavily congested roads and streets in the Emirate of Dubai, and develop solutions for main intersections that witness recurrent traffic accidents.
“Following the testing of the efficiency of the state-of-the-art LED lighting system, it was evident that it has the ability to provide lighting for longer periods with the least maintenance requirements, besides minimizing power consumption to the barest minimum. The amount of expected savings as a result of installing these new units is estimated in the order of 900 thousand dirham per annum i.e. optimizing consumption by as much as 55% besides contributing to conserving the environment through reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Moreover, the operational lifecycle of these units extends to about ten years coupled with reduced faults; which in turn will improve the level of periodic, preventive and corrective maintenance,” added Maitha.
“The features of the system enable better control of the light when compared to conventional bulbs; which would reduce the light wastage. Additionally, it enables symmetrical light distribution at the target spots, and the technology has auto-dimming feature according to the degree of external lighting. These lights can be clearly visible during daytime without being impacted by sunray reflections on the lenses; which will ultimately contribute to realizing the vision of the RTA of providing Safe and Safe Smooth Transport for All,” said the CEO of RTA Traffic and Roads Agency in a final remark.