LED street lighting catches speed

Wed, 2015-09-30 13:01 -- SCC India Staff

LED Lights

Nine months down the line, after the government launched its ambitious power-saving schemed of replace conventional street lights with energy-efficient LED lamps in cities is gathering momentum now.

According to data sourced from the Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) website, the designated agency for implementation of this project, the the agency has finished lightning up six urban local bodies (ULBs), including Agartala, Nellimarla, Narsapur, Mount Abu, Palacole and Vizag.

Installation in more ULBs (Urban Local Bodies), including Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam is expected to be completed by this month end.

Select ULBs will be covered by October 2015, and work in Delhi is to be completed by the year end.

According to media reports, as many as 302 ULBs have enrolled in the Street Light National Programme (SLNP) till September 7, 2015, and the designated agency has signed agreements with 90 municipalities for the replacement of conventional street lights with energy-efficient LED lamps.

About SLNP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the scheme on 5 January, 2015, with an ami to cover 100 cities with the conversion of lights. Under SLNP, the Centre will look to replace 3.5 crore conventional street lights, which will lead to savings of 9,000 million units annually – which works out to Rs 5,500 crore of saving for the municipalities every year.

The Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) has been appointed as the designated agency for implementing the project at its own cost. Consequently, the civic bodies will repay EESL from the cost said by energy energy over a period of time.

Given the fact that there is no additional cost upfront, this particular model works in favour of the municipalities to go for LED street lights.

The SLNP project of installing LED bulbs for domestic and street-lighting in 100 cities is targeted for completion by March 2016.

Savings Matrix


Light Emitting Diode (LED) Light
(Under DELP Scheme)

Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL)

Industrial Commercial Light (ICL)





Energy Efficiency

88 per cent

50 per cent

0 per cent

Annual savings per blub

Rs 162

Rs 85.50


Life Expectancy

50,000 hrs

8,000 hrs

1,200 hrs


3 years

1 year


Source : EESL website
DELP Scheme – Govt scheme to provide 4 LED lights for eligible Delhi households

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