VEHICLES with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps have been a nuisance for road users. These headlamps emit lights two to three times brighter than halogen. Despite the Road Transport Department (JPJ) guidelines, there are many flouting the law by fixing light emitting diode (LED) and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps. The extremely bright light dazzle drivers from the opposite direction, making it difficult for them to look ahead. JPJ officers had conducted a joint enforcement operation with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and police between Oct 1 and Oct 28 issued 624 warning notices. Effective Nov 1, it has issued summonses to vehicle owners caught with these three offences. Kuala Lumpur JPJ director, Datuk Md Ziki A.Rahman advised all vehicle owners to comply with the law or face the consequences. “For now we only issued warning notices so that vehicle owners can start complying to the directive,“ he said, adding those who flout the law can be … [Read more...] about Days of HID headlights numbered?
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Global energy management company Schneider Electric has distributed 1,000 portable light-emitting diode (LED) lamps that uses solar energy to disaster-affected areas in Central Sulawesi, it has said in a statement received on Tuesday. Schneider Electric Indonesia said the Mobiya portable lamps could store electricity and be used for up to 48 hours. The statement said that Schneider Electric Indonesia country president Xavier Denoly handed the portable solar lamps to Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) secretary-general Ritola Tasmaya. The portable lamps are to be distributed in cooperation with PMI, particularly to emergency shelters, medical facilities and schools that were not receiving electricity from state-owned electricity company PLN, the statement said. Denoly hoped that the portable lamps would help optimize the PMI volunteers provide post-disaster assistance to survivors in Palu, Donggala, Sigi and surrounding areas. Many locations in … [Read more...] about Schneider Electric donates 1,000 portable solar lamps to PMI for Palu
The European Union is set to ban the use of halogen bulbs and households are expected to switch to more energy-efficient lights, starting next month. A continent-wide switchover to light-emitting diodes (known as LEDs) is underway that will slash emissions and energy bills, according to industry, campaigners and experts. LEDs consume five times less energy than halogen bulbs and their phaseout will prevent more than 15 million tons of carbon emissions a year. The new notification will enforce a ban on the production and import of globe and candle-shaped halogen bulbs. Manufacturers and shop owners will not be allowed to store, import or sell the classic-style halogen lights starting on Sept 1. However, it is not a total ban. Some oven lights that are halogens will still be permitted for sale, as well as some capsule, linear and low-voltage reflector bulbs. There is no directive to immediately replace the halogen lights before they stop and can be substituted when the bulbs expire. … [Read more...] about Europe set to ban use of halogen light bulbs from Sept. 1
GEORGE TOWN: Penang will be the first state in Malaysia to have 100% Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lighting by 2020. State Housing, Local Government, Urban and Rural Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said this was part of efforts to fulfil the promises made in the 14th General Election (GE14) manifesto. He said it not only involved streetlights maintained by the local authorities but also those managed by Tenaga Nasional Bhd. "Penang will be the first state in Malaysia to have all LED street lights, which can save energy and reduce bill costs by up to 60%," he told reporters after chairing the Local Government Council meeting here today. He said in Penang, a total of 33,198 street lamps would be converted into LEDs by 2020, while there were 57,655 in Seberang Prai. "Last year, the Penang City Council had footed electricity bills for street lights amounting to almost RM6 million, while RM7 million was paid (for the purpose) by the Seberang Prai Municipal Council," he … [Read more...] about Penang to be first state in M’sia to use 100% led street lighting