Philips: Why The World Needs More Light
Lighting is being managed and generated in news ways as the world's population increases and requires more resources.
We know that the world's population is growing at exponential rates. Six billion people will soon become seven, seven will likely become eight, and so on. At the same time, that growing population is steadily moving into urban environments. Consider that by 2030, the number of people living in cities worldwide is set to exceed five billion. By 2050, we expect urbanites to comprise a full 70% of the global population.
With our cities growing day by day, there will be a corresponding increase in demands on infrastructure — among them, improved systems for lighting our streets, our markets and our homes. Alongside the needs of residents, businesses are developing new ways to use light in healthcare, food production, and water purification, which is also fueling demand. Despite challenges of designing solutions more efficient and accessible, meeting the needs of our cities isn't out of reach. With incomes rising along with populations in certain regions of the world, lighting will become an increasingly affordable commodity as new technologies help make that a reality.