Govt plans to phase out incandescent bulbs in the next three years

Govt plans to phase out incandescent bulbs in the next three years

The government plans to phase out the iconic incandescent bulbs by 2020, putting gradual bans on production and sale starting with high voltage lamps, and encourage consumers to use energy efficient alternatives, an official said.

Incandescent lamps consume 80 per cent more electricity than LED lamps, but are widely used in smaller cities and rural areas because they cost much less.

“The penetration of incandescent lamps in non-urban areas of the country is far more than CFLs and LEDs. Though these lamps guzzle a lot of electricity, they have high acceptance in villages because of their prices,” a senior government official said. Read more

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