Delhi government to sell LED bulbs at half the market price

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To promote eco friendly lighting system in the city, Delhi government has launched a scheme to sell energy-efficient LED bulbs at almost half the market rate, says Economic Times report

Inaugurating the scheme, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced that Delhi government would grant some concession in VAT to cut down price of LED bulbs to encourage people to switch over to the new generation lighting.Power distribution company BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd launched the scheme under which LED bulbs will be sold at Rs 399 each against the market price of Rs 700 to 800.

The Delhi Government has been pushing for use of environment-friendly LED bulbs in the city after finding it difficult to dispose of fused CFL bulbs which contain toxic mercury.

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Calling upon Deliihites to switch over to LED lighting, Dikshit said Government will replace ordinary bulbs and CFLs with LED bulbs in street lights and Delhi government offices.

“LEDs are the future of lighting as unlike CFLs, they contain zero mercury and arsenic and save around 50 per cent more electricity than even CFLs. Such initiatives will go a long way in conserving energy,” Dikshit said.

Explaining the dynamics of the scheme, a BRPL official said the scheme is open to all Delhiites and not just restricted to BRPL customers.

BRPL CEO Gopal Saxena, said the discom has launched the scheme as part of efforts to promote energy conservation.

“Till now LEDs were perceived to be very expensive. This initiative breaks the price barrier and makes LEDs available for the citizens of Delhi at unbelievable prices,” he said.

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