Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has replaced 14,400 traditional lighting units with contemporary, eco-friendly LED lights. This upgrade included at least 39 tunnels and crossings, spanning a total of 22.6 km.
RTA is deeply committed to energy conservation, strengthening Dubai and the UAE's standing in green economy and sustainability besides promoting a clean environment. In doing so, RTA is committed on implementing the best international practices to achieve financial sustainability through optimal utilisation and extension of the lifespan of its assets. The project entailed re-engineering the operating systems of tunnel lighting units and night road crossings, with sustainable, eco-friendly lights.
“RTA recently renovated the lighting for 39 tunnels. This 6-month project, entailed some of Dubai's prominent tunnels including the Airport Tunnel, Shindagha Tunnel, Dubai Mall Tunnel, and the Dubai World Trade Centre Tunnel,”
stated Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency, RTA.
“LED lighting units have many eco-friendly features, such as consuming 60% less energy than traditional lighting units and offering an increased lifespan by up to 177% in comparison to older lights. The new lights have a lifespan of 50,000 hours, compared to 18,000 hours for conventional lighting units, which reduces the frequency of lights replacements and minimizes maintenance and operational costs. Furthermore, compared to traditional lamps there's a 20% reduction in energy loss and heat emissions, enhancing the efficiency of both the units’ lighting operational system and the tunnels’ energy supply network,”
added bin Adai.
"RTA evaluated tunnel lighting in Dubai, installing new LED units for better visibility and enhanced traffic safety. These units provide 6000 lumens compared to the older lamps' 4000 lumens, improving lighting quality without harmful chemicals like mercury. RTA aims to improve lighting systems using eco-friendly technologies and sustainable maintenance practices across Dubai."
concluded bin Adai.
News Source: Dubai Media Office