BERLIN and SANTA CLARA, CA, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Germany is facing a
unique problem on its streets. An EU directive decreed that from
September 2012 onwards no more filament light bulbs could be installed
because of the high energy usage; Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs were
to be the new norm.
More than 30% of Germany's street-lighting network is more than 40 years
old. It is more expensive to replace than maintain (the manufacturing
quality is extremely good), and so there is a certain 'if it ain't
broke don't fix it' attitude from the municipalities.
But at some point, there will have to be a street light revolution,
which is one of the subjects Germany Trade and Invest will be discussing at the Strategies in Light conference in Santa
Clara, starting on February 12.
"The German LED market should continue to grow at a very high rate,"
said Oliver Seiler, Director of Mechanical and Electronic Technology at
Germany Trade and Invest.
What will help push the market is Germany's commitment to reduce CO2
emissions. The filament light bulbs gobble up a lot of power; lighting
accounts for up to 50% of the total energy costs for the average
municipality. But with filaments gone and high-pressure mercury lamps
on their way out (by April 2015), the investment in LED has to be made
- municipalities could save up to EUR 2 billion on energy bills when it
"It's a lot of investment, and the municipalities in Germany are
responsible for themselves, so several business models are being
bandied around to try and find the most cost-effective model,"
"But the bottom line is that the market and the opportunities are there,
and have to be taken soon."
Germany Trade & Invest is the foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency of the
Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises foreign companies
looking to expand their business activities in the German market. It
provides information on foreign trade to German companies that seek to
enter foreign markets.
SOURCE: Germany Trade & Invest
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