Aug 16, 2016: With the aim to conserve energy, the Indian city Shimla is set to replace 8,000 conventional streetlights with LEDs. Shimla is located in the Northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. LED lighting system is more energy efficient as compared to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). In addition, LED consumes about 70% less energy than conventional lighting, said a state government official.
Manufacturing LED bulbs is still in its infancy and therefore costly. However, this technology is likely to become extensive in the next few years, and make other technologies outdated and restore all other types of lighting, according to industry experts.
Saving of Rs 1.5 million per year
The LED lighting system is sponsored by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The officials also said that Shimla has already replaced traditional streetlights with LEDs in and around the posh Mall area, and now the scheme is on to set up LED bulbs in other areas as well. By setting up 214 bulbs in the city, the civic authorities are likely to save around Rs 1.5 million on a yearly basis. The aim is to ultimately replace all existing conventional streetlights in Shimla with LEDs, added the officials.
Shimla will be soon called as an ‘LED city’ since all the street lights is set to be replaced with LEDs as suggested by mayor Sanjay Chauhan in a meeting with finance contract and personal matters committee. Approximately 8,000 existing street lights in Shimla will be replaced with LED lights in which there will be about 2,000 yellow LED lights. Yellow lights will chiefly be set up at fog prone areas like the Circular road where visibility becomes too low during foggy climate, according to officials.