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Standards in six months likely THE Bureau of Energy Efficiency (bee) is preparing new labeling standards for cfls (compact fluorescent lamps) based on light output. Like other consumer electronics such as refrigerators, air-conditioners and fans, cfls would also be given star ratings

NEW DELHI: The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has launched a nation-wide scheme, Bachat Lamp Yojana, to promote replacement of bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to save energy. Speaking about the scheme, BEE director general Ajay Mathur said:

Arnab Pratim Dutta When the kerosene supply went down sharply in Nagpur four years ago, Bharat Parihar

The EU offers a solution to disposal and recycling of CFLs. Under its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive of 2005, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer to collect and recycle the spent bulbs. Collection of these bulbs can take place at the point of sale or at e-waste collection points. The customer can return the CFL from where he or she bought it. Manufacturers have

Government schemes induced growth The Bureau of Energy Efficiency, state electricity boards and electricity supply companies are responsible for popularizing cfls in India.

There are two forms of power. One is real power that can be translated into actual work typically measured in watts. Another is reactive power that is consumed by a device but does not produce any useful work. The sum of both forms of power is the power supplied by a utility. Power factor of an AC device like CFL ranges from 0 to 1. Closer the power factor of a machine is to 1 the lesser

The CFL market in India The CFL market in India is complex. It comprises at least 12 big brands and perhaps hundreds of small players, whose contribution is not measured. elcoma, the primary association of lamp and components manufacturers, estimates the cfl market size in the country is between 150 million and 200 million pieces. Of this 40 to 50 per cent is dominated by the

Industry reluctant, regulators lax The only hiccup in implementing a wide scale, cfl -based energy-saving programme in India is mercury, a small but essential component of the lamp. Mercury is a proven neurotoxin. Inhaling mercury vapours can severely damage the respiratory tract. Sore throat, coughing, pain or tightness in the chest, headache, muscle weakness, anorexia, gastrointestinal