Consumers will soon be able to gauge the performance of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) like they can for TV sets and refrigerators. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), a government body mandated to introduce energy-efficient products, will rate CFLs on the basis of brightness, but not energy-efficiency. The Bureau of Indian Standards has already put the energy efficiency measure in place.
The rating system will be introduced in six months. There has been a 35 per cent increase in the sale of the CFLs in a year to over 200 million units in 2008. In 2009, BEE will distribute 6.5 lakh CFLs in Yamunanagar in Haryana and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to make a switch from incandescent lamps.
Under the rating system, the brightest lamp will get a five-star ranking, the dimmest, one. “It’ll assure consumers about the quality. Brightness has been an area of concern for them,” said a BEE official. The rating will be separate for each of the wattages. To ensure stringent checks, BEE will rate each batch of CFLs. “A CFL marked five-star in one batch could be marked four in another, if the brightness doesn’t measure up,” the official said.
“The industry should adopt future technologies which are beneficial for the country,” Sunita Narian of Centre for Science and Environment said on Wednesday.