You know incandescent light bulb was used to bake brownies in olden times. Guess the amount of heat a 40 Watt bulb generates is great for baking brownies but certainly not for conserving electricity and saving money.
Not to forget some other applications of the incandescent bulbs such as incubators (for hatching eggs), brooding boxes for young poultry, heat lights for reptile tanks, infrared heating for industrial heating and drying processes.
Does it ring a bell in your ears? Well if you care for the environment, it sure will. There is no way a 40 Watt bulb incandescent light bulb generating about 310 lumens light per watt can fulfill the Kyoto protocol.
As most countries are banning incandescent bulbs and setting new standards for lighting, manufacturers like BPL are promoting green products. However experts say if this ban is regulated worldwide by 2015, it will cut carbon dioxide emission from lightening by 60 per cent.
Australia has completely banned the use of bulbs in the range of 40 W to 150 W producing 310 - 2600 lumens of light. By making these changes, they indeed claim to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 800,000 tonnes (Australia's current emission total is 564.7 million tonnes), a saving of approximately 0.14%.
And you don’t have to be an environmentalist to make such a decision. It’s not a debate; there is no right and wrong here. It’s simply being conscious of and responsible for your environment. For sure it’s not a rocket science - simply requires some lifestyle changes. And certainly we don’t need a government regulation for this.
The traditional approach to the cost however is misleading. Most energy-saving bulbs are costlier than the traditional incandescent bulbs but they have advantages that clearly outweigh the cost. For instance you would need 50 incandescent bulbs to light a room for 100,000 hours as compared to 1 LED bulb or 10 CFL bulbs. On the contrary you would be saving upto Rs 14,940 on the total cost of electricity used.
However it would be quite useful if major players in this sector would highlight the differences in lifetime, running costs, carbon emission, and electricity on their products; for informed consumer choices or manufacture products like study lamp, decorative lamps using energy-saving LED lights.
In the same league, many production houses have been quite inspired to look out for ways to save energy and environment. BPL’s StudyLite Lamp is a breakthrough in this spectrum. Developed in collaboration with Sankara Nethralaya, the StudyLite™ has been designed to provide ideal lighting, for children, for their studies.
The light source used in StudyLite™ is premium quality LEDs, unlike incandescent bulbs and CFLs, which splash light in all directions, LED bulbs are directional. They emit light white light exactly where it is required – good for the eyes and saves energy. And has no UV or IR radiations.
However comes with a battery back-up, with a life of upto 6-hours during power outages. StudyLite™ uses a dual power source: it can be powered either via mains power supply or through a solar panel that BPL provides as an additional accessory.