Philip Lighting, a global leader in lighting innovations has unveiled its newest light-emitting diode (LED) bulb- EcoBrightLEDbulb — as part of its commitment to promote energy efficiency in the country.
Affectionately called “Small Boy Danger”, the bulb is expected to cut down energy usage of consumers by up to 85 per cent thereby saving money and sustaining the national grid.
In his remarks, the Deputy Minister of Power, John Jinapor said, investing in energy efficiency especially in lighting was cost beneficial hence the need to embrace it.
He said as part of policies designed to promote efficient use of energy, the government had commenced the process of replacing all compact fluorescent bulbs currently being used in the country to energy saving LED bulbs to cut down on electricity cost.
“If you were paying ¢200.00 attributable to current usage of compact fluorescent bulb, you will now be paying ¢100.00 at the end of the month and you can imagine how cost effective this is,” he said.
According to him, the bulbs would soon be made available at the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) pay points at a subsidised price which could be purchased by Ghanaians.
Mr.Jinapor also noted that, to address the issue of unstable streetlighting system in the country, the government was replacing all conventional streetlights with LED bulbs.
“Most of the hard pressure sodium bulbs that we use go off quite frequently so you might be driving in the night and you see the light flickering or sometimes the bulbs are off. One solution is to use LED in order to have constant illumination,” he noted.
He said about 25 per cent of national consumption of power was attributed to streetlights hence the replacement would save cost on government adding that the exercise would be conducted in all regional and district capitals.
By Abigail Annoh