Zimbabwe banned Incandescent Lights Bulbs (ILBs), popularly known as globes in 2017 through Statutory Instrument 21 of 2017 Electricity (Inefficient Lighting Products Ban and Labelling) Regulations.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) says ILBs consume more energy than any other lighting technology. In an advisory, seen by Pindula News, on ways to save energy, ZERA recommended power consumers to use Light Emitting Diode (LED). Read the statement:
Incandescent Lights Bulbs (ILB’s), popularly known as globes consume more ph• energy than any other lighting technology. 95% of the energy they use is converted into heaf which is wasted into the atmosphere with only 5% being converted to light. ILBs system have since been banned with the promulgation of Statutory Instrument 21 of 2017 Electricity (Inefficient Lighting Products Ban and Labelling) Regulations
Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) have an energy efficiency rating of between 60% and 80%. They have a longer life span than incandescent bulbs and are considered a stop-gap technology.
Light Emmiffing Diodes, (LEDs) are the most efficient of all lighting systems, ears and emit brighter light for the same energy input as for CFLs and ILBs with efficiency rates ranging between 85% and 90%. They can last up to five.
ZERA said ILBs are only 10 per cent efficient while CFLs and LED, in that order, are 60 – 80 per cent and 85 – 90 per cent. In the past three years, Zimbabwe recorded an acute power shortage crisis that has seen some regions of the country going for days or weeks without power.
Power cuts are still the order of the day as the country’s power generators are operating below maximum capacity due to faults.
Zimbabwe is also unable to import enough electricity due to debts owed to regional power utilities.