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The Obstinate Bulb - Moving beyond price-focused interventions to tackle India’s persistent incandescent bulbs problem

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Author(s): Aditya Chunekar, Sanjana Mulay, Mrudula Kelkar Publication Date: July, 2018

LED lighting demand has picked up remarkably in India since 2014 driven primarily by the UJALA programme. However, the demand for incandescent bulbs still remains high albeit gradually declining. In 2017, about 770 million ICBs were sold in India accounting for more than 50% of the total sales of bulbs and tube-lights in that year. In this paper, we examine the demand and supply side aspects of the various lighting options available for Indian households to investigate the continued usage of ICBs in India. Based on the analysis, we recommend a few programme/policy interventions aimed at reducing and consequently eliminating the use of ICBs in India.

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