Incandescent bulbs to be phased out in three years
The government plans to phase out incandescent bulbs by 2020 to encourage consumers to use energy efficient alternatives. Incandescent lamps consume about 80 per cent more electricity than LED lamps, but are more used since a 60 watt incandescent lamp costs Rs 10 apiece whereas CFL lamps start at Rs 90100 apiece. The market price of energy efficient LED lamps though has fallen due to the government’s mass distribution scheme to put it on par with CFL lamps, which has also impacted the sale of CFL bulbs. As per some estimates, in 2015 CFL production was at 394 million, down from 450 million. Also the price of LED bulbs distributed under the UJALA scheme of Energy Efficient Services Ltd (EESL) have come down by one-tenth from two years ago to Rs 38 for a 9 watt lamp now. The government expects to save 85 lakh kWh electricity consumption every day or 15,000 tonnes of CO2 by replacing 77 crore conventional bulbs and CFLs as well as 3.5 crore street lights with LEDs over three years.