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LED vs sodium lights dispute keep areas in Karnataka dark

LED vs sodium lights dispute keep areas in Karnataka dark

By BizLED Bureau

October 6, 2015: Although the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a national scheme to encourage 100 cities to switch to LED lighting, some regions of the country are still under darkness.

The Baikampady industrial area in the Indian state of Karnataka is under darkness due to absence of streetlights, which is due to a dispute between KIADB and Kanara Small Industries Association (KSIA). While KIADB has already tendered for hi-power mercury lighting, KSIA wants LED lighting to save on power bills. As result, work has been held up for the last six months.
The sodium vapour tender was at the cost of Rs 25 lakh. On the other hand, LED bulbs will cost an additional Rs 15 lakh.

KSIA president Henry CF Britto said: “When the city is moving towards becoming a Smart City, we too want smart solutions to save power. Sodium vapour lighting is 15-year-old technology and LED is the latest. Cost wise, now LED bulbs are on a par with sodium vapour. The major problem is with the Scheduled Rates (SR) of PWD, which is high for LED.

While a 150 watt sodium vapour light costs Rs 3,200 and 250 watt cost Rs 4,500, 40 watt and 70 watt LED bulbs cost Rs 3,500 and Rs 5,500. And the SR for 40 watt LED light is Rs 12,00 and for 70 watt LED is Rs 18,000.

 

The power bill due to sodium vapour will be Rs 1.6 lakh per month and with LED lighting it will be just Rs 60,000, which would save KIADB about Rs 1 lakh in power bills.

 

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