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India’s LED Lighting Initiatives

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India’s LED Lighting Initiatives

Of all the things one imagines when they think of India, LED lighting initiatives are not too high on the list. Curries, heat and humidity, overcrowding and a rich history and culture might make it, but not “LED”. However there’s a drive in India at the moment to convert all lights to LEDs and make a larger positive impact on global climate change.

In fact, the program aims to eliminate almost 25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every single year, with almost 100 million bulbs already changed (of an estimated 770 million LED bulbs) to the more energy-efficient LED bulbs so far. How can that help, you may ask. If you take into account India’s population and the fact it is an emerging country, the sheer amount of households and businesses converting to LED lighting is guaranteed to have an enormous impact, mostly because:

  • LED bulbs utilise most of the energy they require to function
  • Carbon dioxide emissions will therefore reduce, as will the reliance on fossil fuels
  • LED lights generate very little toxic chemicals both during their production and at the end of their life
  • LED bulbs last up to 50,000 house, meaning you don’t have to replace them as often, resulting in less waste.

That’s not the only reason (or several) to convert to LED lighting. India has shown that by swapping to LED, they could save up to US$6 billion a year. With India’s lighting industry alone contributing to approximately 18% of the national power production (against a world-wide average of 13%), it is estimated that by replacing the 35 million street lights with LED bulbs, power requirements could drop by as much as 60%. For a country running at an annual shortfall of energy of about 3.6%, this is vital. There’s another advantage – the country’s production of LED lights has risen by 30 times, to 30 million units a month. The price of an LED bulb has dropped and customers can elect to purchase them on their bill, paying them off over a 10-month period; this makes it more affordable to purchase the bulbs and reap the benefits. The program has created a mini-industry of LED bulb production and purchasing (there’s also been a solar LED light produced for rural areas).

With the program running ahead of schedule and already seeing returns, we could all take a leaf from India’s book on how to save money and the environment.

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