Indian lighting industry has witnessed a transition and growth over the last seven decades. There has been a gradual transition from incandescent bulbs to tube lights and CFLs. The transition from FTLs to CFLs may have taken place over the last 20 years, but the Indian households are expected to switch to LEDs at a mass scale within the next 5 years.
Here are five point how you can save on electricity bill as well as environment:
1. Energy efficient: LED bulbs can play a great role by controlling peak power demand in our country by 10,000 MW daily. If incandescent lamps are replaced by LED bulbs, it can save almost 100 billion units of power annually, thereby saving up to Rs 43,000 crore per year.
2. Cost efficient: A household can save upto 50 per cent on power bill by using LED bulbs. For example, if you use a CFL bulb for 10 hours a day, it will cost you around Rs 26 per month whereas an LED bulb used for 10 hours a day for a month, costs you just Rs 12. See chart below:
3. Pocket friendly: Though, the LEDs are little bit costly than CFLs, government’s steps has brought donw it price rapidly. Now, even if you spend some more buck while opting for LEDs, due to its longer life span, you will recover the cost of the LED in less than 15 months (as explained in the chart).
4. Environment efficient: The biggest benefit of LED lights is that unlike CFLs, LEDs do not contain mercury, which is a threat to the environment. With no proper system currently in India for collection and safe disposal of CFLs, these are gathered and transported haphazardly and as such often end up breaking and spilling the mercury during transportation process.
5. Life span of an LED is longer than that of CFLs or incandescent bulbs. Generally life expectancy of LED lights is around 25,000 hours to 50,000 hours.
(Inputs from (i) Naveen Saxena, Country Head, Opple lighting India and (ii) EON Electric)