UL hosts light­ing safety and ef­fi­ciency work­shop in Egypt

UL ex­plained the im­por­tance of be­ing up to date with cur­rent re­quire­ments, which cover spe­cific is­sues such as en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, safety and in­stal­la­tion

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The global in­de­pen­dent safety science com­pany UL par­tic­i­pated in a light­ing safety, test­ing and reg­u­la­tions work­shop re­cently held in Cairo.

Egypt is em­bark­ing on an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient tran­si­tion path­way, which tar­gets more sus­tain­able, ef­fi­cient and cost-ef­fec­tive meth­ods for us­ing en­ergy. The gov­ern­ment’s plans in­clude re­plac­ing the lights in all gov­ern­ment build­ings, pub­lic spa­ces and street lights. The Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity is also look­ing into adopt­ing light­ing ro­ta­tion sys­tems for ma­jor roads and squares, in­creas­ing light­ing ca­pac­ity in ex­ist­ing street lights and re­mov­ing any un­nec­es­sary light­ing.

Wit­ness­ing the ris­ing im­por­tance of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and man­age­ment, UL con­ducted the half-day event ti­tled ‘Safety and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Reg­u­la­tions for LED Light­ing, from In­ter­na­tional to Egypt Re­quire­ments’ at the Dusit Thani Lake­View Cairo ho­tel.

Held on 29 Oc­to­ber, the work­shop which gath­ered more than 60 ex­perts was at­tended by of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Re­new­able En­ergy, New Cairo Au­thor­ity and Elec­tric Power Sys­tems Eng. Co (EPS) as well as lead­ing con­sul­tants, tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tion spec­i­fiers and man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Shaker Con­sul­tancy Group, En­gi­neer­ing Con­sul­tants Group SA and DAR Al Han­dasah.

UL ex­perts met with of­fi­cials and com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives to dis­cuss at length the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of global light­ing reg­u­la­tions and how th­ese ap­ply to the Egyp­tian mar­ket and light­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers based around the coun­try. UL ex­plained the im­por­tance of be­ing up to date with cur­rent re­quire­ments, which cover spe­cific is­sues such as en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, safety and in­stal­la­tion.

The com­pany’s ex­perts also out­lined re­cent changes to the rules and reg­u­la­tions sur­round­ing the use of new tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing LED light­ing, and best prac­tices em­ployed by com­pa­nies around the world.

The work­shop was well-at­tended by lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers who de­velop prod­ucts for the do­mes­tic mar­ket and for ex­port across the re­gion and glob­ally. Del­e­gates were given a clear and de­tailed break­down of the ne­ces­sity to com­ply with in­ter­na­tional and in­dus­try norms and the ben­e­fits this can bring to busi­nesses.

In a se­ries of de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tions, UL briefed the par­tic­i­pants about in­ter­na­tional light­ing reg­u­la­tions for out­door and in­door lights and high­lighted the need for proper and rig­or­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of all goods and equip­ment to en­sure ef­fec­tive­ness.

UL’s Light­ing Per­for­mance and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Test­ing ser­vice pro­vides the light­ing in­dus­try with ob­jec­tive and in­de­pen­dent con­fir­ma­tion of a prod­uct’s per­for­mance. Ex­ten­sive tests are car­ried out, in­clud­ing sim­u­lat­ing the an­tic­i­pated ev­ery­day prod­uct us­age in con­trolled lab­o­ra­tory set­tings.

The work­shop gath­ered more than 60 ex­perts.

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