After the CFL campaign three years ago, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is now exploring the possibility of encouraging households to shift to the more energy-efficient LEDs.
The KSEB has asked Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a joint venture of power sector PSUs, to work out the costs of supplying LEDs of different wattage to 75 lakh consumers.
''We are exploring the possibility and have asked EESL to work out the expenses involved. We have not finalised a decision, though. LEDs are advantageous as they have a life of up to 50,000 hours and hence, can be called a lifetime investment,'' KSEB chairman and managing director M Sivasankar said.
A recent director board meeting of the KSEB has given its approval in this regard.
A joint venture of NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, PGCIL and Rural Electrification Corporation, EESL had approached the KSEB with an 'Equipment Replacement Programme' under which LEDs were to be promoted in households.
But a CFL-model campaign which saw the mass replacement of incandescent bulbs with CFLs cannot be replicated with LEDs at the moment for there aren't sufficient incandescent bulbs to be replaced anymore. But KSEB is looking at the possibility of encouraging electricity consumers - who number 1.08 crore - to opt for LEDs once the CFLs run out.
The flip side of LEDs, at the moment at least, is that they come at a very high price. Good lamps cost Rs 600 and above. But bulk supplies can bring the price down, making it affordable.
Source- Indian Express