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India announces critical standards on LED lighting

07 June 2012
India announces critical standards on LED lighting

NEW DELHI: The Government of India has announced standards on LED lighting which are critical to sparking a large-scale lighting revolution across India.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) brought out ten comprehensive performance, safety, and quality standards for LED lighting as part of the Ministry of Power’s inefficient lighting phase-out. The Government’s initiative aims to encourage the widespread implementation of LED lighting in India.

The new Standards, which took into account global lighting standards, will ensure that minimum requirements will be met by various LED manufacturers. 

As India’s earlier lack of standardization had been criticized as the biggest constraining factor for the LED industry, this news has been welcomed by governments and corporations. 

The standardization is also in tune with international trends, and so it will open the floodgates for Indian products to compete with international manufacturers.

The full regularizing of the Indian LED industry has positioned the nation as a front-runner in the development of the energy efficient technology. Commenting on the announcement, Prodyut Mukherjee, Technology Manager, The Climate Group, said: “The declaration of these Standards is a welcoming development because from now on it will enable urban local bodies to adhere to technical specifications, which will reduce project failures. The announcement also clearly emphasizes the Government's willingness to create an enabling environment for LED technology to get up-scaled and mainstreamed in the Indian lighting space.”

Before the standards were announced, The Climate Group had already provided technical assistance and facilitated LED street lighting pilots in three Indian cities in the states of West Bengal and Maharashtra. In all three cases, The Climate Group was instrumental in deciding the project specification, in close consultation with the local municipalities and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. As widely reported, the pilots in Haldia and Kolkata have been a huge success, triggering talks of large up-scaling.

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