Delhi pushing for eco-friendly LED bulbs

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Old 15-Nov-2009
Delhi pushing for eco-friendly LED bulbs


Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:58 IST

New Delhi: With no solution in sight for disposal of CFL bulbs containing toxic mercury, the Delhi government is now pushing for environment-friendly and energy-efficient LED bulbs in the city.

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has asked the Environment Department to seriously examine the possibility of switching to lamps based on light-emitting diode (LED) technology in some government buildings.
"We are seriously pushing for LED bulbs as fused CFLs could have an adverse impact on our environment," Dikshit said when asked about whether the government was considering a policy shift in favour of LED bulbs.

CFL (compact fluorescent lamp), an advanced lighting device that is highly energy-efficient, contains mercury, a hazardous material, and the city does not have any system for proper disposal of broken or fused CFLs.

LED bulbs are eco-friendly as they emit a minimum amount of heat but their cost is much higher than that of the CFLs.

A three-watt LED bulb can cost anywhere between Rs800 and Rs850, but has 50,000 working-hour life.

Environment secretary Dharmendra said his Department was in the process of framing a policy to push for use of LED bulbs.

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