After getting Delhiites to shift from incandescent bulbs to the energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), the Government now wants the citizens to opt for the more “energy saving and environmentally safer” LED bulbs. And as an incentive to do so, the consumers are being offered LED bulbs at discounted rates.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday launched a scheme introduced by discom BRPL that offers cheaper LED bulbs to consumers. Ms. Dikshit said her government would like to promote LED bulbs by granting some concession in value added tax (VAT) to the sector.
The Chief Minister said though the introduction of CFL bulbs around five years ago helped conserve energy; the disposal of CFL bulbs became a challenge, as they led to the discharge of mercury affecting the environment.
The use of LED bulbs is “safe and cheaper” apart from being “longer lasting” than the ordinary and CFL bulbs, she said. Switching to LED bulbs, she said, will enhance power conservation measures as the demand for power is increasing every year. “LEDs are the future of lighting, as unlike CFLs, they contain zero mercury and arsenic and save around 50 per cent more electricity than even CFL’s. Such initiatives go a long way in conserving energy,” she said.
Citing an example of the increasing demand, the Chief Minister said in the year 2000, the peak demand was 2000 MW that has now risen to around 5600 MW. To conserve energy and save on the monthly electricity bill, the Chief Minister advocated the use of LED bulbs.
The Government will lead by example, Ms. Dikshit said, adding all incandescent and CFLs will now be replaced by LED lights for street lighting and in the government owned buildings.
Delhi Power Minister Haroon Yusuf said switching to LED lamps will help reduce power consumption by 70 per cent. Gopal Saxena, BRPL’s, chief executive officer said LEDs have been perceived as “very expensive”, but with the discoms’ initiative ‘light life’, that offers cheaper LEDs, that opinion will change. The scheme, he said, will break the price barrier and make LEDs available to consumers at affordable prices.
“The next generation LED bulbs, tubelights fit perfectly into existing light sockets and create clean, bright light level, equivalent to that of a conventional incandescent bulb. Even when compared to a CFL, they use 50 per cent less electricity, contain no arsenic and mercury and are unbreakable. They also have a significantly longer lifespan than both CFL’s and incandescent bulbs,” said a spokesperson of BRPL.
The affordable LED scheme is open to consumers in BRPL, BYPL and the TPDDL area as well.
LEDs sold under the special offer will be backed by an unmatched three-year replacement warranty and the scheme will continue for a period of six months,” said a BRPL spokesperson.