October 19, 2014: Government of Puducherry, earlier known as Pondicherry, an Indian Union, has started distributing low cost LED bulbs to every household with the aim to light every home with LED bulbs.
LED lights in all Puducherry homes
In one of the biggest drives to conserve energy, the Demand Side Management based Efficient Lighting Programme (DLEP) replaced all incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Nearly 7.35 lakh 7watt LEDs were distributed to 2.45 lakh households at Rs 10 each. This way, Puducherry will save up to 48.75 million units of energy per annum.
The price of LED bulbs is also going down fast. When EESL procured 7.5 lakh LED bulbs for Puducherry, the cost of the LED bulbs reduced from Rs 400 to Rs 310 to Rs 204 two weeks back.
At a price of Rs 204, LEDs are just 30-40% costlier than CFLs. Besides, LEDs last 4-5 times more than CFLs and therefore are a cheaper option.
Consumers benefit by getting low cost LEDs and lower electricity charges. Power utility will also benefit due to reduced demand. According to experts, LED bulbs in households will help reduce the demand for power drastically and help a state like Tamil Nadu, which is facing power deficit.
According to Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers Association of India (ELCOMA), by 2019, the power load in the country is expected to reduce to 14% through replacement of incandescent bulbs with LEDs.
In an effort to conserve energy, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency has installed energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting system in over 20,000 houses constructed under the Chief Minister Solar Powered Green Houses Scheme (CMSPGHS) in four districts.