The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Meteorology (ESMA) has revealed new lighting standards for the UAE which eliminates the use of non-environmental light bulbs by December 2014.
Lighting company Philips has recently announced a number of key lighting innovations to aid the transition towards sustainable lighting, and is helping residents in the UAE to ‘Make the Switch’.
“Energy consumption is a very crucial topic across the globe. People need to be made more aware of their individual choices and the impact it has on the country’s sustainability efforts,” said Paolo Cervini, general manager of Philips Lighting Middle East and Turkey.
“We are very proud that Philips is driving this conversation and can help make a positive difference to the society we live in. Making the switch to energy-efficient lamps and solutions allows us all to reap the life-long benefits.”
An import ban for incandescent and low-quality bulbs will follow with only legislation compliant and ESMA registered bulbs to be allowed for import.
Retails are wholesalers will be given six months to sell their current stock and from 1 January 2015, the sales ban will commence.
Incandescent bulbs consume five times more electricity than energy-saving bulbs with options including halogen, compact fluorescent, and LED.