Expansion of efficient public lighting in Bucharest

Luxten Lighting Company
Bucharest, Romania
Replacement of existing lighting poles and luminaires with the efficient LED lamps
Investment Size
€4.03 million
Energy savings
118 MWh per year (38%)
Reduced costs and CO2 emissions, improved safety

The Luxten Lighting Company has been the public operator of the Bucharest public lighting system since 1997.  The Company planned to modernise the public lighting systems in the second part of the Dorobanti area, Bucharest by replacing the existing lighting poles and bulbs with LED efficient ones.

The company addressed the Municipal Financing Facility for Energy Efficiency (MFFEE) and its participating bank BRD Société Générale (BRD) for financing of this project. The MFFEE team supported the company with analysis of the proposed technology, the potential for energy savings and the financial-technical parameters of the project.

The investment project consisted of the following: 556 LED bulbs 49 W; 122 LED bulbs 77 W; 80 LED bulbs 25 W; 45 LED bulbs 116 W; Telemetering system.

The €4.03 million investment allowed a reduction in the public lighting energy consumption by 118 MWh per year (38%).

Among the main advantages of the proposed measures are:

  • Longer life cycle of the bulbs: LED bulbs last for 50,000 hours compared to 18,000 hours for the existing bulbs;
  • Lower energy consumption of LED bulbs: 49W-100W as compared to existing units’ 81W-425W. This reduced energy consumption by 118 MWh per year (38%);
  • Lower CO2 emissions through reduced electricity consumption;
  • Significant savings on maintenance costs due to the long life of LED bulbs;
  • The quality of light produced and colour rendering mode (CCT: 5000 – 7000K, CRI > 70) are much improved compared to conventional bulbs. This, in addition to aesthetic benefits, is important for the community, for the safety of citizens and motorists, as well as for the quality of CCTV footage, thus decreasing vandalism and ensuring road traffic and pedestrian safety; and
  • Control and monitoring of consumption.

The EBRD, through MFFEE, supports sustainable financing and implementation of energy efficiency projects in the municipal sector. Together, the residential, private and public sectors can make a change in energy consumption patterns and environmental protection.

This project was supported by the European Union (EU).