Why is the government giving away LED bulbs?

Choosing Energy-Efficient products like LED bulbs and practicing Energy Management and simple Energy Conservation  habits reduces the demand for electricity and, therefore, lessens the amount of natural gas used in electricity generation.

Trinidad and Tobago’s once abundant supply of natural gas is on the decline, impacting the money the country earns from natural gas sales to the petro chemical sector. Additionally, the natural gas used for electricity production is sold at a lower than market rate, resulting in a missed opportunity to earn higher revenue on the open market.  In addition to making more natural gas available for sale elsewhere, Energy Efficiency and  Energy Conservation will significantly contribute to Trinidad and Tobago achieving its commitment under the Paris Agreement, which focuses on an overall emission reduction of 15% by 2030 from the industrial, power generation and transport sectors. The Paris Agreement brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects .

LEDs, formally called Light Emitting Diodes, use 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs and 30% less than Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL). By changing just 4 60watt incandescent bulbs to 4 9watt LED bulbs, you can save approximately $25.00 per billing cycle (2 months) or $150.00 per year. While LED bulbs may cost a bit more, they last much longer and the Ministry of Public Utilities has provided T&TEC’s residential customers with 4 9watt LED bulbs to get a jump start on savings—for you, the country, future generations and the environment.

More benefits of switching to LEDs

  • Because LEDs use less energy, you will save money on your electricity bill.
  • LEDs provide the same illumination with less energy consumption.
  • When shopping, look at lumens, not watts. Incandescent light bulbs are usually labelled and sold according to their wattage (power consumption), but how much light the bulb produces (its brightness), is measured in lumens. Because LED bulbs are more efficient, they produce the same lumens using much less watts.

Installation and Use

  • Before using these bulbs, please ensure that the wiring and receptacles in your home meet the standards of the Government Electrical Inspectorate
  • Do not use with a dimmer switch.
  • Do not install in recessed light fixtures.
  • Ensure the mounting base (socket) in your existing fixture is the correct size and type to fit the bulb.
  • As with all electrical installations, use the LED bulbs in a dry area that is free from heavy dust.
  • Install LEDs where you will use them the most, such as in the high traffic areas of your home, to reduce electricity consumption and save money.
  • Bulbs are warranted against manufacturer’s defects for a period of two years. Click here to read the warranty. To return a bulb that may have failed, as outlined on the warranty, click here.