In recent years, countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan and Korea have encouraged the private and municipal use of LED light bulbs. The aim is to reduce electricity consumption to free up energy for industrial sectors. Now India, with its rapidly developing economy, has seen the low energy benefits of LED lighting.
The Indian economy is growing at a rate of about 9% per year. To sustain this growth, energy production must increase by up to 400% within the next two decades. This is a costly problem. The Indian government has therefore looked at ways to improve energy efficiency. It has decided LED light bulbs are a major part of the solution.
A report from the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has stressed how LED light bulbs can lower the demand for electricity. The report believes a greater use of LED bulbs by private citizens could cut electricity consumption in homes by 30%. And municipal LED light bulbs could reduce street lighting energy use by 50-70%.
In partnership with The Climate Group, a not-for-profit organisation, the BEE is supporting various pilot trials with LED light bulbs. LED lighting has begun to appear in streets around the country. And the results are positive. Pedestrians and drivers like them. In one survey, drivers even said LED light bulbs improve road visibility at night.
India looks set to become yet another Asian user and promoter of LED light bulbs. Interest in the technology is strong. Since 2009, for example, the country has hosted the LED Expo in New Delhi. Organisers expect the latest Expo to be the biggest yet, and to attract visitors not just from Asia, but from around the world. LED light bulbs are capturing international interest.