In­can­des­cent bulbs to be phased out in three years

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

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.

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