The Abu Dhabi City Municipality’s  initiative to replace the old lighting systems in six pedestrian underpasses with modern LED lights has helped reduce their power consumption by 33 per cent. According to the municipal department, the step comes within the framework of its strategy to replace all components of old lighting system with modern ones.
“The move also reflects the municipality’s objectives of sustainability and environmental protection. These are aimed at rationalising power consumption and providing a better lighting level,” said Ahmed Al Sayaari, Acting Director of Internal Roads and Infrastructure at the department.
He said the municipality is now commissioning the new lighting system in six pedestrian underpasses to ensure efficiency. Following this, the Maintenance and Operation of Internal Roads and Public Squares Lighting Team will prepare a study to replace the traditional lighting system with the LED lighting system  in all 29 remaining underpasses in the Capital city in the second phase of the project.
The six underpasses comprise two at Shaikh Zayed the First Street and four along the Corniche Road.
Explaining the new initiative, Al Sayaari said: “The lighting project using the modern LED lighting system has contributed to reducing power consumption by 33 per cent, improving visibility level and significantly cutting the annual expenses of maintenance works.
“The LED lighting system has revolutionised the lighting industry and the municipality is keen on using the latest lighting techniques conforming to the highest international standards. The low power consumption rate  compared to the traditional system has resulted in using electric cables with smaller clips.”
He added the new lighting system is also eco-friendly due to the non-use of toxic and harmful substances during its manufacturing process. “As a result, the reduction in energy consumption would minimise carbon dioxide emissions and slash light pollution; rendering the new lighting system of an important environmental dimension,” Al Sayaari said.