HCMC to replace 196,000 energy-guzzling bulbs
HCMC – The HCMC Department of Industry and Trade has proposed replacing nearly 196,000 energy-guzzling street light bulbs in residential areas with LED ones in a bid to cut electricity consumption.
According to a written proposal sent to the city government for use of LED lights in residential areas in the 2016-2020 period, the department said the city has 195,803 privately-funded lights, including fluorescent or compact lamps, and high pressure sodium (HPS) lights of 70-100W, thus leading to a waste of electricity.
A majority of the current privately financed lamps in residential areas have been installed haphazardly, which can easily lead to short circuits and power losses.
Therefore, the department suggested replacing all these lamps with LED bulbs of 40W or below.
According to the Department of Transport, the plan to replace all public HPS lamps with LED lights in 2016-2020 is estimated to cost some VND1.3 trillion (US$57 million).
According to the HCMC Energy Conservation Center (ECC), the city’s street lighting systems consume more than 162 million kWh a year worth over VND130 billion (US$5.7 million) a year.
Replacing the current systems with LED lights could save more than 55.3 million kWh per year, equivalent to some VND88 billion and an annual reduction of 31 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.