Switching to LED bulbs requires public consultation: residents of Tsirang
Choki Wangmo | Tsirang
While residents of Tsirang support the dzongkhag tshogdu’s recent decision to replace incandescent light bulbs (CFL) with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, some say it should be implemented in phases in consultation with the public.
Last month, the Dzongkhag Tshogdu voted unanimously to replace obsolete incandescent, halogen and CFL bulbs with LED bulbs to reduce energy consumption, which the director of Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) said to Tsirang, Dili Ram Adhikari, could save 76% in energy consumption.
With the exception of outdoor lighting, many residents reported using LED bulbs to light their homes. However, in rural villages, people still use CFLs.
Kilthorthang resident Juma Kanta Katel said in his rented apartment he uses CFLs, but he uses LED bulbs in his store in Damphu. “I heard about the DT’s decision, but it should be followed by awareness programs. People in rural areas are not aware of the benefits of LED bulbs.
He added, “LED bulbs are expensive compared to CFL bulbs. People from low income groups may need a subsidy.
A resident of Doonglang said he switched to LED bulbs because they use less energy and make the house brighter.
Padtshaling resident Chimi Dema said she has used CFLs in the past, but the bulbs are easily damaged from the heat. “The energy consumption was high and I had to pay around 200 Nu per month.”
It has been months since she had to pay this amount because the energy consumption of LED bulbs is close to zero. “LED bulbs are expensive but they last longer than CFL bulbs. “
Likewise, Phuensumgang resident Dema said her electricity bills over the past three months have been very low since switching to LED bulbs. Its neighbors have also switched to LED bulbs.
“The energy consumption of CFLs is high,” she said.
Ugyen Wangmo of Mendrelgang gewog said she uses LED bulbs because they are durable.
A resident of Damphu town said that when she first moved to the town, her homes had CFL bulbs, but replaced them with LED bulbs. “Turning off the light bulbs cost me a few thousand ngultrum, but I like clean energy, which is refreshing. “
It costs 250 Nu for an LED bulb and 20 Nu for a CFL bulb in Damphu town.
The owner of a hardware store in Damphu town, Parshu Ram Chamlagai, said the demand for LED bulbs is higher. He said, however, that CFLs are useful on poultry farms for heat and heat.
To switch to LED bulbs, he said the old wiring system needed to be replaced. “The old wiring system could damage the LED bulbs. “
Edited by Tshering Palden