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A bright future with LED lights

Energy-saving, durable and environmentally friendly: the future belongs to LED technology. At five to ten years, the service life of an LED light is much longer than that of conventional light bulbs, for example, which give up the ghost after just six or twelve months.  

At our stations, depots and other buildings, we are gradually replacing conventional lighting with LEDs and other energy-efficient lights. Since the beginning of 2017, we have optimized the lighting at around 1.500 stations across Germany and, in doing so, have hugely reduced the amount of energy we consume. Having upgraded in this way, we now save some 11 gigawatt hours of electricity each year nationwide. This corresponds to the annual energy requirement of around 2,800 four-person households.

Shining examples of better climate protection 

Wayfinding systems, displays and overhead lighting can all be upgraded. At Essen station we are redoing the entire overhead lighting in the station building, replacing all the lamps with eco-friendly LEDs. This will save some 80 metric tons of CO2 per year at Essen main station alone. 

Siegburg/Bonn is another station where we have converted the lighting to energy-saving LEDs. At this station alone, this saves us as much electricity per year as twelve family homes consume. In new facilities we use LEDs for station lighting from the get-go, and we are converting existing systems to LEDs step by step.

We use LEDs not only at our railway stations but also in our depots and warehouses. At one locomotive shed in Leipzig, for example, we have cut consumption by some 50,000 kWh a year. In addition, DB Schenker has completely converted the lighting systems to LEDs at several locations for example in France, Austria and Spain.