Luminous India: Around 21 lakh LED Street Lights illuminating Nation; saving 295 million units yearly  
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 29: With the aim to replace 1.34 Crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights, Prime Minister Previously launched 100 cities National Programme to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights, Now implemented in 23 States and Union Territories.

Under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) now around 21 lakh LED Street Lights are installed across India, where 295 million units are annually saved. The newly installed lights have led to brighter streets, feeling of enhanced safety and security among the residents and motorists.

The implementing agency for SLNP is Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI).

With the reduction of 2.3 lakh tons of CO2 annually, the installation of LED street lights has resulted in Annual energy savings of 295 million unit kWh, avoided capacity of over 73 MW. After implementation of the project across 23 states and union territories, the lighting levels on roads have increased significantly.

The highest replacement of LED lights has happened in the following states:


Number of Street Lights

Energy Saved per year (kWh)




Andhra Pradesh













EESL is also implementing a special heritage lighting project, wherein 1000 LED street lights have been installed in Kashi region of Uttar Pradesh, and another 4000 lights are being installed.

With no additional budget allocation from the Municipalities is required; EESL makes the entire upfront investment in an installation of the Street Lights. The procurement price of the LED Street Lights has been reduced from Rs. 135/watt to Rs. 80/watt due to a mass procurement of the lights. Making the LED lights affordable and accessible, municipalities pay EESL from the savings in energy and maintenance cost over a 7 year period. EESL also undertakes social audits in all states post the completion of the project.


EESL procurements conform to BIS specification & carry a 7-year warranty against technical defects. It conducts appropriate quality checks right from the bidding stage to the field level. This has resulted in the LEDs’ overall technical fault being less than 1% in the 21 lakh lights installed by EESL in the country. It has maintained an uptime of 95% for all street lights across the country.