Washington Metro Goes Green & Saves Green with Philips Performance Lighting Contract, Delivering on Sustainability Goals with 15

 Washington Metro Goes Green & Saves Green with Philips Performance Lighting
    Contract, Delivering on Sustainability Goals with 15 Million kWh Saved

Innovative new multi-year, turn-key lighting-as-a-service model gives WMATA
brighter, safer LED lighting for garages, with none of the up-front cost

PR Newswire

SOMERSET, N.J., Nov. 12, 2013

SOMERSET, N.J., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Philips, the global leader in
LED lighting systems was recently awarded a ten year performance lighting
contract with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) that
will upgrade the lighting in WMATA 25 parking garages. Over 13,000 lighting
fixtures will be converted to an innovative, custom-designed LED lighting
solution that will reduce energy usage by 68 percent or 15 million kWatt hours
per year and provide real time data on energy consumption. The new Philips
system is a first of its kind and will not only make the garages brighter and
safer for WMATA's 66,000 parking garage customers, it will remove over 11,000
metric tons of CO2 from the environment. Philips will monitor and maintain the
lighting solution which will be financed through energy cost savings,
requiring no up-front capital costs.

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WMATA was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build,
finance and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the National
Capital Area. Today, Metrorail serves 86 stations and operates a 106 mile rail
system. A fleet of 1,116 rail cars provides service seven days a week. The
organization continually looks for ways to improve the safety and experience
of users and recently decided to upgrade their aging high pressure sodium
lighting system to an innovative LED system from Philips that could provide
white light exactly when and where it was needed. Additionally, the
anticipated carbon footprint reduction in moving to the more energy efficient
system is the equivalent to removing over 2,300 cars from the road or the
amount of CO2 that 280,000 trees would remove from the atmosphere over a ten
year period.

Moreover, Philips has worked closely with WMATA to gain a deep understanding
of their needs, and will tailor the lighting in each garage to ensure that it
delivers the optimum light levels for that structure. This will ensure that
WMATA's customers feel safe in the structures in off-hours, while monitoring
will allow for quick response times should there be a system related issue.
Because Philips is ensuring light levels and delivering the solutions as a
service that is paid for by the energy savings, WMATA is able to upgrade their
infrastructure without long term impact to capital and operating budgets.

Manufactured in Philips' facilities located in San Marcos, Texas, the system
is open and flexible, allowing it to be combined with other building
automation systems. It will cover both the interior and exterior lighting of
the parking garages and will include Philips' latest site-specific systems,
the G3 and EcoForm luminaires. Both feature the latest Philips LUXEON LED
technology, as well as a modular design that can be configured to the lighting
needs of each garage. An adaptive motion response system and innovative
wireless controls allow the system to dim when no one is present and
seamlessly increase light levels when a space is occupied – creating a safe
environment while achieving even higher energy savings.

"With digital lighting systems we really need to break with conventional
thinking and look to the services and delivery models of the software industry
to understand the future of lighting and how we can remove one of the greatest
barriers to adoption – the up-front costs," said Bruno Biasiotta, president
and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas. "As a forward-thinking organization,
WMATA has taken a holistic view of their parking garage solution and worked
with us to finance the system through energy-savings costs, while ensuring
they could deliver on their priorities. One of the benefits of this system is
that real-time access to actionable data 'future-proofs' the system, allowing
Metro to continually adapt to their needs through real time monitoring and

Philips will manage the installation process then continually manage the
monitoring of the system over the duration of the contract, ensuring that the
system is running optimally and making any necessary adjustments that can help
WMATA better serve its customers.

For more information about innovative Philips lighting systems, please visit

About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being
company focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in
the areas of healthcare, consumer lifestyle, and lighting. Headquartered in
the Netherlands, Philips posted 2012 sales of EUR 24.8 billion and employs
approximately 114,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100
countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care, and home
healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions, and new lighting
applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News
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Contact: Silvie Casanova, Lighting Communications, Philips Electronics North
America, Ph: 978-659-7467, silvie.casanova@philips.com
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