See the light?


Ban the bulb and save the planet. That is the message from the signature campaign launched by the environmental organisation, Greenpeace, here on Wednesday

Photo Source & Courtesy: The Hindu, Bangalore Edition

Recently, I came across this report in MSN about European light bulb makers agreeing to phase out the production of light bulbs and instead push for a strategy that would include

public incentives to encourage consumers to purchase more efficient products and setting performance standards that will eliminate the least efficient products from the market

Besides, it was estimated that no fewer than a dozen or two power plants could be closed, thanks to this switch!

One can only assume that the signature campaign by Greenpeace is in the light – pun unintended – of the above news. It should bring some amount of warmth to you to know that:

In Karnataka, the simple, cost-effective measure of changing to CFLs would work like this. If the nine million households in the State replaced five bulbs with CFLs, there would be a saving of 12 million units of electricity per day. This means the electricity shortage would be cut by 60 per cent. Karnataka’s power situation is grim, with a peak electricity shortage of 20 million units per day

And so, if you wish to light a candle – by reducing the load on the generation and distribution system – instead of cursing the darkness, head here and do your bit with the signature campaign. That should spark a glimmer of hope that we can still control this planet’s destiny!!!!!

Illuminating, aren’t I?


13 Comments so far

  1. Aus (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

    Some days back, I read in the news that Australia has completely banned Bulbs from usage, as it wated lot of power then CFL.

    But for India the problem is the CFL is costly and poor people cannot afford to bye it.

    And also the mentality of people will take time to change.

    It will take time to see CFL at all places in the hose including Ret-Rooms, Gallery, Staircase.

    But I wonder why so many educated people also don;t move to this CFL?
    One reason is the Cost and durability.

    Is the CFL more durable then our old Yellow Bulb?

    Also in Yellow bulb things don;t look clear.

    The real color doesn’t come out.

    In Jewellery shops, Sari Shop, they use this bulbs to show the shining of their products.

    So all this will take time to switch over to CFL.

    But for sure the Bulbs are soon going to be there only in the History books, like the Cathode Ray Tubes are now.

    So go today to the Electric shop and change all your bulbs of your home with CFL.

    It will help all the Met bloggers also read in white.

  2. Canada Banned (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 4:59 pm
  3. Do_it (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

    Changing a bulb is a small step for each of us, but if all of us decide to do so together, we can reduce India’s carbon dioxide emissions and contribution to climate change by 4%, which is as much as the entire CO2 emission of a country like Denmark” said K. Srinivas, Climate and Energy Expert, Greenpeace India. “By mitigating its energy crisis through energy efficiency measures, the government can take the lead to combat climate change instead of adding to global warming by building more coal power plants”

  4. think (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

    I think GREENPEACE might have been paid a large sum of money by CFL manufactruer Union to De-Promote Bulbs, so that their Production and Profits increase.

    See, there is no problem with existing Yellow Bulbs, why un-neccessacirly wate 130 Rs. to buy same item which is available in 7-8 Rs.

    You can buy 20 bulbs in same cost of CFL.

    So better lets protest against GREENPEACE .

    Lets create a signature campaign against GREENPEACE , or file a PIL

  5. wrong_title (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

    I think name of title should have been:


  6. Chitra (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    Ravi means it in the sense of ‘see the light'(at the end of the tunnel) kinds. Right Ravi?

  7. Carlos (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm


    i just moved from the old fashioned bulbs to the new and fancy CFL’s and now instead of running 100W bulbs i run an equally bright 22W CFL stuff and its cool ! Yeah it cost me $$4 for each but then I think i will save that much in my electricity bill in a month to makeup

    From a bulb manufacture perspective they love the bulbs since these dont last that long and keeps them a continuous stream of revenue/profit. CFL are supposed to have 10x lifetime of a bulb. Also its going to take a while for the factories to upgrade their production to mass produce CFL’s which is a challenge in the short run. Once these get mass produced the prices will definitely fall

    On a different note if you see most Indians as compared to their western counterpart are very energy conscious. Like kids are taught to turn the lights off in a room when they leave etc. Most also use tubelights which are pretty darn efficient.


  8. silkboard (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    CFLs certainly last longer, 5x-8x from what I have seen, and save energy. Even at current price levels, all in all, a CFL may be similar to regular Bulb in terms of cost.

    And BTW, if you need one, you get yellow CFLs as well. If all of India decides to switch to CFLs, mass production could bring the prices down to affordable levels.

  9. Mytri (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 7:46 am

    What is with this LED lights? Everybody is talking about it, but I am yet to see it anywhere. Anybody know anything? How does it look? Is it bright?…

  10. MP (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    Yes, CFL do last longer and almost all brands provide warranties ranging from 1 to 2 years. When you buy these CFLs ensure that your dealer puts his seal on the bill or on the carton along with the date. This will help you get a free replacement if the CFL conks off earlier. Clearly no bulb will last as long as these CFLs. Most last for over 3 years on a normal 7pm to 10pm usage pattern every day.

    For the poor who cannot afford to mobilise so much upfront, maybe the CFL manufacturers should work with the electricity boards to provide the lamps in a finance package type of deal. Recovery could be done over a few months through the electricity bills. The EBs should take on this risk – will pay off long-term.

  11. yes (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 11:59 am


    This is called out of the box thinking.

    You will go places man (or woman or whatever).

  12. Balaji Venkataraman (unregistered) on April 20th, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    Already KPTCL have a scheme to buy CFLs (from the brands with which they have a tie-up) and supply them to residents. Money will be deducted from their monthly bills. I saw a communication displayed at Krishnarajapuram KPTCL office couple of months back.

  13. Ravi (unregistered) on April 21st, 2007 @ 8:18 am

    @Aus: Wow…just ‘watt’ was that? ;) Thanks for reading and your comments!

    @Canada Banned & Do_it: Thanks, folks for that info / comment!

    @Think: Hmmmm, a contra point of view. Thanks!

    @Wrong-title: Thanks for that suggestion..i take it lightly! ;)

    @Chitra: Absolutely light…er, right! ;)

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