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Philips Lumec believes that giving back to the community is part and parcel of responsible business practices. As a corporate citizen, we proudly organize events to raise funds for various causes throughout the year and are involved with many organizations throughout the world.
Lumec worked in conjunction with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to develop a children’s book that teaches about the importance of preserving the night sky. In 1991 the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada established its Light Pollution Abatement Committee to support measures to reduce Light Pollution. Their mission is to work for social and legislative changes that will result in better, more responsible lighting practices in Canada, and the preservation of the nighttime environment for all to enjoy. On the strategic national and regional level, the Committee recommends to Federal and Provincial governments the use of non-polluting exterior lighting designs and luminaires in projects under their jurisdiction. Further, the Committee advises governments as part of their infrastructure maintenance and renewal to replace older luminaires that produce glare and light trespass with luminaires with the full cut-off optics.
Being involved with such a prestigious and recognized organization as The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is truly a privilege for us. While some outdoor luminaire manufacturers avoid the subject of light pollution, Philips Lumec works together with leading world experts in the field to come out with responsible lighting solutions that benefit everyone.
The CLU Foundation (Fondation Concept Lumière Urbaine – Urban Light Concept Foundation) was created to encourage emerging designers to develop innovative lighting concepts focused on exterior public spaces. Within these guidelines, the Philips Lumec CLU Foundation committee rewards excellence by awarding grants based on merit. This committee is composed of active professionals from within the Quebec community of creators and designers. Besides awarding grants to the next generation of lighting professionals through an annual contest, and paid internships in the industrial design department’s New Product division, the committee aims to increase social harmony by enhancing the quality and functionality of architecture and design.
As leaders in our field, it is Philips Lumec’s responsibility to contribute to the progress of the entire lighting community.
Philips Lumec believes that education is an important aspect of leadership in the outdoor lighting field. Philips Lumec produces an informative newsletter called The Focal Point designed specifically to address the issues faced by those who work in the outdoor lighting industry. We debunk myths, take a stand against greenwashing, and address some of the more technically difficult concepts of our industry. The Focal Point is free and distributed three times per year. It encourages participation and attempts to foster a sense of community with those who work with outdoor lighting.
Many of our Philips Lumec employees contribute to our continuing education initiatives by speaking at conferences, giving seminars, and publishing articles in various trade magazines and professional publications. We truly believe that adding to the collective knowledge of the lighting community not only creates a better world to live in, it also helps create products and projects that make the world a greener and more beautiful place.
Philips Lumec works with both HEC Montréal and Université Laval studying strategic change implementation in business. Philips Lumec’s leadership role in the project involves sharing strategic expertise implementing sustainable development practices. Both universities are currently studying the success, implications, efficiency, and repercussions of such actions to both the health of the environment and to the health of the businesses who adopt such practices.