Refurbished Rose Garden lit up with LEDs-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Thursday, March 1, 2012
ZERO light pollution, energy efficient illumination and longer burning hours are the benefits of Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs installed at the newly rehabilitated Burnham Rose Garden.
Philips, the worldwide lighting company, was awarded the P6 million contract by the City Government Bids and Awards Committee for 88 LED 5-meter high light fixtures to give park visitors a new and enhanced lighting experience at night.
Philips professional sales channel manager Clifford Jison said the city will save 40 to 60 percent of its regular energy consumption at the Rose Garden compared to High Pressure Sodium or Halogen lighting.
Without the glare which causes dazzling light pollution and longer burning hours, Jison emphasized the LED technology is the first of its kind to be set-up in parks all over the country.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) lasts up to 8,000 burning hours while LED lasts up to 30,000 to 50,000 burning hours, or 7-8 years. And even if LED is more expensive, maintenance costs are greatly reduced because of the longevity of its usage.
The Rose Garden was inaugurated February 26 by Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.
However, he said most of the projects in Burnham will be coursed through to the Department of Public Works and Highways, as the DOT is focusing on the promotion of tourism destinations and tours in the country.
Meanwhile, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, praised the Rose Garden lighting project, citing the positive economic impact the initiative will bring via increased tourist activity and decreased energy costs.
“Philips has long been known for their eco-friendly and energy-efficient lighting technologies and that is why we have partnered with them in previous projects. We are happy to continue this partnership as we take the Burnham Rose Garden to even greater and brighter heights,” Mayor Domogan said.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 02, 2012.