| Zee Yusri |
BRUNEI Darussalam is highly dependent on the income and profits derived from the oil and gas industry.
Yet, even when the country has seen a drop in global oil prices, the government is still willing to bear the burden in its commitment of ensuring that the entire population continue to enjoy the country’s generous energy subsidies.
“Therefore, it is necessary for us as the citizens of this country to find the best way to help the government reduce this burden, especially by using technology that is much more efficient.”
This was highlighted by Edmund Hui, Head of International Business Development, Philips Lighting, during an interview with local media representatives after a talk organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) at Seameo Voctech in Gadong yesterday.
Edmund underlined that with the use of LED street lighting, we can reduce the consumption of energy subsidies by up to 70 per cent compared to the system adopted now.
He stated that LED technology for street lights are already in use in Brunei, for example, at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the roads in the Menglait area.
He said, “We are still using the yellow sodium-based lighting system which consumes 400 Watts of power. If we replace them with LED lights which only consumes 120 Watts of power, it will definitely be cost-effective and will be more efficient in terms of both cost and usage.”
According to Edmund, several tests have showed that the results are very encouraging from the perspective of cost savings and maintenance.
Answering questions about the latest effort from his company’s side, Edmund confirmed that Philips’ main commitment is to work with relevant parties in helping the government to ensure that Brunei’s road lighting system features the latest safety and cost-saving elements.
“The products and technology will continue to change and it is not easy for us to get all these products because we need to ascertain whether these technologies and equipment can be used in the long term,” he stated.
When asked about some of the successful projects featuring the technology, he pointed out that LED lights have been installed in the Sultanate since two years ago.
“Now we are at the stage of testing for the dimmer services to ensure no glare problems during driving, without changing the basic colours seen by the driver,” he pointed out.
Talking about endurance, he emphasised that LED lights are durable and have a long operational life.
Compared to street lamps used now, which will only last for two years, LED street lights have a lifespan of five years or longer.
“Now, we are committed in producing a software that is used to control road lights through a network, which will provide benefits to road users, especially for driving in a more secure environment,” he said.
When asked about the other advantages of LED arrangements on the road, Edmund claimed that LEDs will not burn out in the same way as sodium lamps, which will lose its function after the bulb burns.
“The LED lights will dim, indicating that one of its components need to be replaced. We do not just replace one specific component only; the defective set will be removed and replaced with a whole new set, whilst the defective set will be analysed to see what are the damages which caused it to malfunction,” underlined Edmund, as the interview concluded.
The technical sessions also featured a talk by Philip’s Systems & Services Specialist (Lighting), Gabriel Chen who briefed the attendees about the technical aspects of LED lights and Philips products.