Shopping mall’s switch over to OSRAM LED technology brings impressive quality of light and energy savings of up to 50%
As part of comprehensive renovation and expansion works carried out in the renowned Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates, the indoor and outdoor lighting has been upgraded recently. The switch over to Osram LED technology not only considerably lowered the operating and maintenance costs but also increased the quality of light. This means that in every respect the new lighting system now meets the high standards of all the luxury brands in the shopping centre and their customers.
Boasting around 3,50,000 square meters of retail space, more than 80 million visitors per year and the shops of many well-known luxury brands, the Dubai Mall is one of the largest and most exclusive shopping centres in the world. Naturally, standards for renovating and expanding the mall were high. And when it came to the lighting, there was even a double challenge to overcome because the contractor Emaar Properties PJSC expected not only an increase in the quality of light and an adaptation of the lighting design to today’s premium demands, but also above all considerable savings in operating and maintenance costs. To accommodate the different requirements, the lighting designers at CD+M Lighting Design decided to switch from the cold-cathode lighting used so far to the latest Osram LED technology.
High Efficiency, Excellent Colour Consistency
LINEARlight FLEX LED strips including the Power, Colormix, Short Pitch and Protect versions have been used since then, both inside the Dubai Mall – around shops, corridors and sanitary facilities – and outside to accentuate its facade. At the main entrance a baldachin-like canopy made from structured acrylic is backlit by Back-LED modules. Both OSRAM products share high efficiencies of more than 130 lm/W and excellent colour consistency thanks to a dense binning process during production. The latter is responsible for ensuring that the colour temperature of the white light is uniform in all areas of the shopping mall regardless of the respective brightness level – creating a much higher quality of light.
A Perfect Match
The experts at CD+M paired the LED strips and modules with Osram Optotronic Intelligent (OTi) DALI drivers. This combination from a single source has further advantages: an additional increase in efficiency, a lifetime of up to 60,000 hours and not least a 5-year guarantee on the entire system. This means that the Osram LED lighting system in the Dubai Mall also offers high reliability and low maintenance – a cost benefit that should not be underestimated for a busy shopping mall where no maintenance work can be carried out during opening hours.
Retail Lighting Project of the Year
The switch to innovative LED technology from Osram is translated into hard cash. With the new lighting system alone, energy savings of up to 50% could be achieved compared to the previously used cold-cathode technology. The long lifetime and low maintenance of the system further increase economic efficiency. At least as important is the added quality of light and impressive lighting design which could be realized with LINEARlight FLEX and BackLED XL modules. This means that the Dubai Mall will live up to not only being one of the largest but also one of the most exclusive shopping malls in the world. The project was also a resounding success for CD+Lighting Design which at Light Middle East 2019 rightly won not only the coveted Retail Lighting Project of the Year award for its work in the Dubai Mall but also the renowned LIT – Lighting Design Award in the Fashion Lighting Design category.
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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