Philips takes advantage of Mindanao energy woes

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


MINDANAO's energy problem makes it an interesting investment opportunity for leading technology company Philips Electronics and Lighting Inc., an official said on Monday.

"Mindanao is an interesting area because of the shortage of energy here. There is a need to find ways to lessen the energy problem. One is to put-up power plants and the other is to reduce energy consumption, the later is where we can help," Philips Electronics and Lighting Inc. Philippines country manager Fabia Tetteroo-Bueno said in an interview with Sun.Star Davao.

Bueno said that Philips offers light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and intelligent switch technology as a way they can help the general public in energy consumption.

She said household shift from incandescent lamps to CFLS can save up to 80 percent of energy and if they shift to LED lamps, they can save up to 50 percent more.

According to eartheasy.com, incandescent lamps have a lifespan of 1,200 hours while 50,000 hours and 10,000 hours are the lifespan of LED lamps and CFLs, respectively. Incandescent lamps have a wattage of 60 watts per bulb while LED lamps and CFLs have 10 and 14, respectively.

"After the shift from inefficient lighting systems to a more efficient one, intelligence lighting is the next step to energy conservation," said Bueno.

Bueno said that this year, Philips brought in intelligent switch lighting technology to the Philippines. She explained that in this technology, homeowners or businesses may remotely control the switching on and off of the lights.

"The light will switch off by themselves when nobody is in, if there is enough daylight the light will not turn on but when it begins to go cloudy it will switch on," said Bueno.

The only version they have brought to the country is the wired version of technology which is suitable for business establishments. They are still looking into the wireless version of it for the households. The wireless version of it allows the user to control the lights through the internet.

She said that they are still on the process on working out the internet system for the wireless intelligent lighting switch system.

Bueno also said that they are hoping to expand more in the Visayas and Mindanao in the coming years. They are conducting corporate social responsibility programs and partnering with organizations on activities to raise the public's awareness on Philips.

"There is a huge potential for growth here. We will bring more innovations to the Philippines and in Mindanao for our three main ventures in the country: lighting, consumer lifestyle, and healthcare," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 16, 2013.

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