We're always looking for companies that demonstrate a helping hand in the community. Philips is committed to improving the lives of people across the globe in all aspects of life, from healthcare, lifestyle, and lighting. That commitment is deeply rooted in putting their lighting technology to meaningful use.
One example of this innovation took place at the Philips Innovation Experience in Johannesburg South Africa on Nov. 18, 2015. CEOs JJ van Dongen (Philips Africa) and Thierry Boulanger (Philips Lighting Africa) discussed the technology that has put them "ahead of the pack" in providing better living for individuals across the globe.
“Our mission is to improve the lives of 3 billion people by 2025. This is a bold and daring vision. But looking at the state of the world, it is a path worth taking.” - JJ van Dongen
Philips has been lighting up cities in a sustainable way since 2012, creating a sense of safety and bringing light to a multitude of rural cities across the globe. Philips uses solar road lighting in areas where high-quality, affordable, and reliable lighting systems are in desperate need and where the electricity grid is either non-existent or unstable.
In 2012, Philips made an initiative to create over 100 "light centers" across Africa by 2015. Now that the 2015 year is coming to a close, it's exciting to see the positive impacts these light centers have brought and will continue to bring. These areas will be used for many activities including sports activities, healthcare clinics, educational programs, social events, commercial activities, and more. These centers use solar powered LED lighting systems based on 26-foot poles that are arranged around an area that is about the size of a small soccer field. The batteries for the systems can last four to five years and are buried in the ground.
Continuing their mission of improving lives, Philips is also working with the Egyptian government to convert old street lighting to LED and high-efficiency HID technologies. More than 120,000 HID lamps are currently being installed in the city of Cairo. And Philips is using the solar street lighting for private housing entities in New Cairo. The efficient lighting methods are desperately needed in Egypt now to help keep the streets safe and reduce energy consumption.
Clearly Philips is not stopping because they've hit their 2015 goal. The "lights must go on" and they keep improving upon technology, sharing it with communities that need it most.