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News Brief | January 2013

India's lighting future are solar LEDs, chips

Streetlights in the Tilburg city of Europe can detect the presence of approaching pedestrians and vehicles and ramp up the brightness in front and behind the person/vehicle as they pass by. The streetlights automatically dim when there is no one on the street. This technology, called LumiMotion, developed by Philips, uses sensors to make streetlights power efficient and lower the carbon footprint. According to Indranil Goswami, head (Controls), Philips Lighting India, different kinds of sensors have been developed for intelligent public lighting management systems. Photocells detect the presence of sunlight and turn lights on and off. This alone can save up to 10 per cent energy because of the difference in sunrise and sunset times in summer and winter, says Goswami. He says the company has aggressive plans to deploy technologies like this in India, reflecting a global trend where chips are playing a vital role in power management.
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