24 Apr Top Five Contracts for LED Technology in 2015
2015 has so far been a terrific year for LED lighting companies. While last year was noteworthy primarily for the advancements that had been made, this year seems to be focusing more on businesses like us landing the biggest contracts as governments and corporations come to realize that LED technology is more than just a fad. With a third of the year now behind us and so many people now being exposed to the future, we are going to take this opportunity to talk about the biggest contracts the industry has landed so far in 2015. Though it may only be the end of April, there is quite a large number of them, so let’s get started!
While there are some nations around the world that are resistant to the incandescent phase-out in favor of LEDs, there are yet others that are answering the call and showing that a world without incandescent bulbs can, indeed, work.
Taiwan. The first entrant on our Top Five would be the island nation of Taiwan, formally known as the Republic of China. Taiwan has always been at the forefront of the technology revolution and is one of the most powerful nations on the Pacific Rim. Many LED lighting companies and periodicals call Taiwan home, so it really is no wonder that this nation is the first to phase out incandescent bulbs and replace them with LED technology in public areas. While the transition did begin in 2012, the nation reports that by the end of the year, every street lamp and stoplight will be powered by LEDs.
Kenya. The second entrant on our list is one that came completely out of the blue: Kenya. Now, this is not because the country was able to afford hiring a lighting contractor like us to bring lighting to its rather poor inhabitants. Rather, the nation is the pilot program of Philips Lighting new charity project that is intending to bring LEDs to Third World and developing countries. This has been a great year for Philips, thanks largely to a new solar-powered LED bulb that can bring modern lighting to places without electricity. So we’ll be anxious to see how the Kenya experiment works out.
Small nations aren’t the only ones that are making the transition to LED technology. Big cities around the world are adopting it as well. With so much resistance to a complete phase-out of incandescent lighting in Europe, cities are taking the initiative and hiring LED lighting companies themselves without government aid.
Madrid, Spain. So it should come as no surprise that the third biggest contract scored this year would be a capital city. Madrid, in an attempt to reinvigorate its economy after the Great Recession, has hired Philips to retrofit all their street lamps with LEDs. This contract is the single most expensive and most expansive lighting contract ever attempted with more than a hundred thousand bulbs being replaced in the city.
Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Holland. Airports, as well, are starting to adopt the technology. A city unto itself, a large and busy international airport is the perfect way to increase exposure to the benefits of LED technology. However, up until just this last week, not a single airport had taken up the trend.
Of course, we wouldn’t be mentioning this in our Top Five if this wasn’t a big deal or had some truth behind it. In the latest edition of LEDs Magazine, we found this article talking about the new retrofit Philips (again!) has landed. Specifically, it will be replacing all the bulbs at Schiphol Airport, one of the busiest international airports in Europe, with LEDs. This big airport is located in Amsterdam, so it’s quite the achievement for LED lighting companies to have this done right at the front door of the EU headquarters.
The Americans Want In the Action!
Now we come to the bottom of the list. Of course, this is not a bad thing, for sure. “Big contract” is a pretty general expression. But we want to take notice of this particular contract because of the subject matter we reported on last week.
If you read our post last week, you know that we talked about the benefits of LED technology in the medical field. So it is actually with great pride that we can say there is a hospital that is replacing all of their old fluorescent tubes with LEDs.
We refer to the Children’s Research Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You may recall them from an article we did about the statue they released using LEDs. That statue is actually just a piece of an overall project they are doing to make the hospital brighter and healthier for their patients.
These are just some of the big contracts that have been landed so far and we are sure that they won’t be the last. Be sure to contact us if you want to experience the benefits LED lighting for yourself.