“UAE Lighting Standard”



What is the UAE lighting standard?

The UAE Lighting Standard prevents low-quality indoor light bulbs from entering the market, and instead ensures that light bulbs available are energy-efficient, high quality, safe, have limited hazardous chemicals and can be safely disposed of.
High-efficiency light bulbs that will be available in the country include:

  • Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) – which are more much efficient than incandescent bulbs
  • Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) – which offer higher efficiency and have a much longer lifespans than most lamps
  • Halogens – which are also more efficient than traditional incandescent bulb

Impacts and benefits from the UAE Lighting Standard

A study of lighting standards implemented in other countries proves that they provide huge energy saving rewards and are efficient to implement.
The lighting standard allows the UAE to reduce its footprint in a tangible and impactful way by:

  • Reducing the country’s energy consumption by 500MW annually, which means not needing to use an average gas power station for 6 months.

  • Significantly lowering carbon emissions equivalent to removing 165,000 cars off the road every year.

  • Resulting in financial savings of approx AED668* million per year in net savings from households’ reduced electric bills and in government savings from reduced subsidies.

  • By saving a medium-sized villa in Dubai up to AED 2,315 per year on electricity bills.


This shows that financial savings can be achieved whilst saving the environment.

Congratulations Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS-WWF) for making a real change.


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My name is Isabelle Whitehead. I was a member of the Bolton School group on the Operation Wallacea 2015 expedition to Peru.

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