This New Year Let’s Have Lights that are Lighter on Earth

Lighting is an integral part of our daily lives and a fun part of our entertainment experience. During every festivity there is one house in the vicinity people want to cross because it is so cleverly decorated and decked-up. Festive lighting is all about keeping the homes beautifully lit inside out for most part of the day.  In December, homes will be decorated for Christmas–with a Christmas tree inside as well as lots of decorative lighting outside. The festive atmosphere abounds, everyone has fun and the technology works in the background to enhance our festive experience.

Recycling, switching off lights when not in use, and cutting down water wastage are all different ways to go green, but the simplest of them all would be to just change the lights to LEDs. While there is an initial cost towards purchasing LED lights, it can easily be revived in saved electricity bills within just three months or so!  By switching to LEDs it is possible to save up to 90% in electricity costs and have a much longer lifespan than halogen, incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.

Light bulb, in other word, is now synonymous with LED. Saying yes to LED lighting illuminates the industry, giving us the ability to make knowledgeable buying decisions. Shifting to LED bulbs could save an average family around Rs. 4,000 a year on their power bills due to energy efficiency gains and lower replacement costs, says Energy Efficiency Services (EESL), a government–run joint venture.

According to the EESL data, the life expectancy of an LED bulb is 25,000 hours (around two years and 10 months), compared to 8,000 hours of CFL bulbs and 1,200 hours of incandescent bulbs. Government of India keeps emphasizing that the country would save 100 billion units of electricity a year by switching over to LED. This means a saving of Rs. 40,000 crore across all households.

Switching to LEDs will also help the government to meet its carbon dioxide emission reduction targets, since lower power consumption will eventually result in lower power production and hydrocarbon use.

The incandescent light bulb phase-out in the United States began in the wake of a 2007 federal law that required light bulbs to consume less electricity for the amount of light produced. The phase-in of the new law began in 2012. However, traditional incandescent bulbs are still widely used. Their replacements include compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, and higher-efficiency halogen versions of the incandescent.  As projected, the turnover of Indian lighting industry by 2020 will be Rs 35,000 crore and LED will account for Rs 21,600 crore, which is significantly over 60 percent of this total turnover.

In Pursuit of Consumer Loyalty

In today’s market, customers face a barrage of performance, quality and sourcing claims about products. When these claims are paired with the number of product options in the market it can be difficult for buyers to make the best choice. With an astounding 20,000 new products from 50 countries being introduced each month, it can be just as difficult for brands to stand out as well.

Cost Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting

  • Cost Savings: LED lighting offers a lot of benefits but arguably the biggest benefit, when it comes to commercial and industrial settings, is their cost savings. Taking an average of five bulb points per household and an assumption that five incandescent bulbs are replaced with LEDs, a household stands to have energy savings of 1.77 kWh per day and annually 649 kWh,” EESL told The Hindu in an emailed response. Considering average tariff as Rs.4/kWh, an average household stands to save approximately Rs. 2, 550 annually.
  • Longer life: We already hit on this benefit above, but it’s worth mentioning again. LED bulbs have the advantage of longevity – they do not need to be replaced nearly as much as incandescent or CFL bulbs.
  • Availability: LED lights aren’t specialty applications anymore. Yes, LED lights are widely available in a flock of different types. Actually, there’s really no good excuse to not be using them.

Some more Incentives to Using LED Lighting

  • Safety: A big reason why LED lights are so energy efficient is because they emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
  • Energy Efficiency: LED is a highly energy-efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the country.  Residential LEDs – especially ENERGY STAR-rated products – use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
  • Better Lighting: Another key benefit when it comes to incorporating LED lighting into commercial settings and industrial applications is the simple fact that this lighting is often considered superior to traditional lighting systems.

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