All street lighting in Bat Yam will be replaced with LED lighting
Bat Yam municipally is replacing all its street lighting with LED luminaires and will be the first city in Israel which is based on economical lighting. Mayor Yossi Bachar: “The move to LED lighting is part of urban renewal and promoting an environmental and economic efficient city”.
The project contains replacing 7000 light luminaires which include street lights, park lights and public area lighting such as sidewalks and paths. The new LED lighting system will reduce electricity expenses by 60% for street lighting. The money the city saves on electricity will go to funding the installation and maintenance of the new LED lighting. The company who won the bid and will implement the project is Gaash Lighting.
The light luminaire that was chosen for this project is the “Venus” street light, which was produced and designed in Israel by Gaash Lighting. As a condition to the bid, which tens of companies applied to, Gaash Lighting is obligated to install all the lighting within a year from the start date of the project.
In the past few months a pilot was carried out in a number of streets in the city and after the approval of the pilot the whole project was approved. The project will cost 7 million NIS and will be paid for from the monthly savings on electric costs. The rate of return is estimated to end in only 8 years.
Replacing the street light is a part of a wide city process of urban renewal which includes investing and upgrading the city’s public spaces.
As part of Israel’s joining the OECD countries, Israel is required to decries electric costs by 20% until the year 2020. The main goal is to reduce discharge of greenhouse gas.
40% of municipal costs come from street lighting. The developments in LED lighting allows the authorities to execute a project which is estimated to save 60% in street lighting costs and about 25% of the municipal electric costs all while investing very little money by the city.
Mayor Yossi Bachar: “Bat Yam has been a pioneer the last few years in advancing green environmental projects and now is leading the way with the biggest city project in lighting efficiency. In addition to environmental aspects of such a project there are also big economical aspects for the city and its citizens”.
Dotan Buchsweiler, CEO Gaash Lighting:“There is no doubt that the future is in LED lighting. The switch from conventional lighting to LED lighting promises efficiency, safety and 50%-70% energy saving with control systems. There is also the obvious benefit that LED lighting is better for the environment. Gaash light luminaires stand up to all international regulations and are environmentally friendly. Because LED lighting is suited for digital use, you can use the cities control systems to change the lighting according to the cities needs and dim the lights at certain hours and change to a smart city model easily and quickly”.