In­dian light­ing in­dus­try up­beat on LED seg­ment

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The var­i­ous mea­sures be­ing ini­ti­ated by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment as well as states to pro­mote en­ergy ef­fi­cient light­ing tech­nolo­gies will go a long way in mak­ing the In­dian light­ing in­dus­try buoy­ant and self re­liant in the Light Emit­ting Diode (LED) seg­ment.

Dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with Pro­ject­mon­i­tor on the side­lines of Light In­dia 2014, a b2b trade fair or­gan­ised by the Elec­tric Lamp and Com­po­nent Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia and Messe Frankfurt, in New Delhi, from Septem­ber 18 till 21, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of ELCOMA Shyam Su­jan said 27.5 mil­lion street­lights across the coun­try were be­ing re­placed with LED lights. He added that the de­mand for LED light­ing was be­ing fur­ther driven by the dis­tri­bu­tion of retrofit LED lamps among BPL house­holds un­der var­i­ous gov­ern­ment schemes. The dis­tri­bu­tion schemes are ex­pected to gen­er­ate a de­mand for 300 mil­lion retrofit LED lamps in the next two to three years.

“The in­dus­try is very happy with the boost pro­vided to LED light­ing by the gov­ern­ment. We are go­ing to start man­u­fac­tur­ing in In­dia. The In­dian light­ing in­dus­try is at ` 12,000 crore to­day. We ex­pect to reach ` 37,000 crore by 2020,” Su­jan said.

As com­pared to con­ven­tional light­ing tech­nolo­gies, LED is eco-friendly and con­sid­ered sig­nif­i­cantly more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. The low main­te­nance cost adds to its ad­van­tages. Un­like in­can­des­cent bulbs, LED does not dis­si­pate the heat it pro­duces, mak­ing it a cool light­ing source. Also, LED has a range of ap­pli­ca­tions. It can be used in sig­nage and lu­mi­naires for in­door and street light­ing as well as in cell­phones. Given the flex­i­bil­ity, light­ing com­pa­nies are able to pro­duce more de­signs with LED than with any other light­ing tech­nol­ogy. In case of LED out­door light­ing, the Re­turn on In­vest­ment can be ex­pected in two to three years. It takes be­tween four to five years for RoI in case of in­door ap­pli­ca­tions. LED has lower to­tal own­er­ship cost com­pared to com­pet­ing light­ing tech­nolo­gies and longer lifetime of 50,000 to 60,000 hours.

Re­act­ing to the threat be­ing posed by cheap Chi­nese im­ports at present, Su­jan said that un­der the con­di­tions set by the gov­ern­ment for pro­cure­ment of LED street lights and retrofit LED lamps, only those man­u­fac­tured in In­dia and meet­ing In­dian stan­dards would be con­sid­ered.

“In­dian con­di­tions are quite dif­fer­ent. The pi­o­neers in LED light­ing such as China, Ja­pan, US and Europe have their own stan­dards for LED but th­ese are not suit­able for In­dian con­di­tions. The In­dian stan­dards have been framed tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the hot, hu­mid, dusty and pol­lut­ing con­di­tions. That is why the con­di­tions set by the gov­ern­ment re­quire that the prod­uct be made in In­dia as per In­dian stan­dards. No im­ported prod­ucts are be­ing al­lowed,” Su­jan said. Min­is­ter of State (In­de­pen­dent Charge) for Power, Coal, and New and Re­new­able En­ergy Piyush Goyal (fourth from left) at the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of Light In­dia 2014.

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