Philips Lighting's Singapore Facility Part of a Global Shift to LEDs

Philips Lighting's Singapore Facility Part of a Global Shift to LEDs

Philips Lighting, as part of a divsion-wide shift toward more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solid-state lighting products, will dramatically increase production at a facility that will double its output of LED lights.

The Singapore facility, which opened earlier this year with 150 employees, will employ 900 people when it reaches full capacity. The company plans to increase the amount of solid-state lighting products it creates as part of an overall goal to help reduce electricity use and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Advances in lighting technology have increased in scale and scope lately, as the world takes action on climate change. Last month, General Electric announced that it would close its incandescent facilities as it planned to stop making energy-intensive incandescent lightbulbs in favor of compact fluorescent and LED products.

And governments large and small have been passing bans on incandescent lightbulbs in recent months, including China's 10-year plan and Ontario's five-year plan to ban incandescent bulbs. Several U.S. states and U.S. senators and representatives have introduced legislation ban incandescents domestically.

Also yesterday, the North Carolina-based company LED Lighting Fixtures announced that it had created the world's most energy-efficient LED light, one that uses 5.8 watts of electricity to create as much light as a 60-watt incandescent lightbulb.