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The proliferation of energy efficient lighting

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LED lights as a technology have been a great help in many households battling high electricity prices. Energy efficient lighting can slash power usage greatly, using much less electricity than their halogen or incandescent counterparts.

Australia has been embracing the concept of energy efficient lighting, exhibited clearly at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2013, which was held on August 5-6 in Melbourne.

The overall aim of the convention was to give key stakeholders an opportunity to discuss strategies for expanding energy efficiency and provide a platform for industry thought-leaders to share their experiences and opportunities in the sector.

Presentations, case studies, networking sessions and exhibitions covered a wide range of lighting in various applications, such as architectural and urban lighting, as well as product development and construction.

One particularly interesting presentation was 'Rejuvenating Cities', which showed what had happened in Melbourne since 1985 to make Melbourne an attractive and liveable city. The presentation delved into what strategies of urban design helped Melbourne to make this transformation, including the key role that lighting had to play. This was presented by Professor Rob Adams, director of city design for the City of Melbourne.

Another particularly illuminating presentation was 'Designing the Luminous City', presented by Ian Dryden, team leader of industrial design at the City of Melbourne. He discussed the City of Melbourne Lighting Strategy and its overall aims and future initiatives. It delved into how lighting can improve pedestrian safety and amenity, attract activity in public spaces, and be sustainable.

There was a significant focus on how LED technology can help to achieve higher levels of sustainability when it comes to lighting. New, promising technologies were looked into, as well as how these could be implemented on a wide scale, such as in street light replacement programs in Australia. Best practice was always front-of-mind.

The fascinating subject of 'smart cities' was also explored, where intense use of smart and efficient technologies will change the way we live on the Earth. How to live like this while also remaining connected to each other, rather than ultimately reliant on technology, was also examined, along with a vision for the future of lighting in the next ten years.

The event was no doubt enlightening for many of its participants and it will be interesting to see the impact of energy efficient lighting on Australia's future.

Posted by Charlie Moore