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  • Entrepreneur, Reshma Vaswani is urging more Jamaicans to use Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs, which can cut their energy costs by as much as 40 per cent.
  • Ms. Vaswani, who is the Managing Director of Quality Energy Solutions (QES), says LED bulbs provide more light with less energy usage.
  • Ms. Vaswani said the LED bulb is over 90 per cent more efficient than an incandescent bulb.

Entrepreneur, Reshma Vaswani is urging more Jamaicans to use Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs, which can cut their energy costs by as much as 40 per cent.

Ms. Vaswani, who is the Managing Director of Quality Energy Solutions (QES), says LED bulbs provide more light with less energy usage.

“The regular incandescent light bulb at home will burn between 60 to 100 watts, a florescent bulb will burn between 13 and 24 watts, while an LED burns only three to seven watts,” she informed.

Ms. Vaswani said the LED bulb is over 90 per cent more efficient than an incandescent bulb, and over 60 per cent more efficient than the florescent light fixture. LED bulbs are suitable for both home and office.

Other advantages of LED lighting, she said, are the dramatic reductions in the emission of heat, and its capability to adapt to fluctuations in the power supply.

She was speaking on March 28 at the opening of QES’ showroom located on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. The company, which was recently opened, provides LED lighting and other energy-saving fixtures for the home and the office.

QES provides a range of 100 lighting solutions, including chandelier bulbs and streetlamps, as well as energy-saving tools for refrigerators, and water heaters.

In the meantime, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM), Hon. Phillip Paulwell, congratulated Ms. Vaswani on her vision and commitment to helping Jamaicans reduce their energy costs.

He further reiterated the Government’s own commitment to this cause, noting that steps are being made to replace all old streetlamps across the country with LED lamps. This move that is expected to cut the electricity bill for the island’s 93,000 street lights by 50 per cent, he said.

Mr. Paulwell said the initiative will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

“We pay billions of dollars in electricity charges for street lamps and there is now a determination on the part of the Government to slash those charges by utilising LED lamps,” he reiterated.