UJALA Scheme for Distribution of LED Bulbs

UJALA is a Government of India initiative to distribute LED light bulbs at lower rates. The scheme was originally launched in January, 2015 as ‘National programme for LED based home and street lighting‘. The aim was to replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LED lamps for residential and street lighting in India. Later the scheme was renamed as ‘Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA). Till 2016, more than 10 Crore lights were distributed under this scheme.

The current market price of LED bulbs range from Rs. 300 to Rs. 600. Under the scheme LED bulbs are being distributed at discounted price. Consumers will also get 3 years warranty. The price varies from state to state. For example: in Delhi, each bulb costs around Rs. 130 and in Odisha the price is just Rs. 85. The important point is that, these LED bulbs are not subsidized. The price is low due to bulk purchase through industry channels. So, UJALA is the largest non-subsidised LED distribution programme in the world.


An LED (light-emitting diode) lamp has multiple benefits over a traditional fluorescent or incandescent lamp. LEDs have a very long life – 50,000 hours, which is almost 50 times more than ordinary lamps, and 5 times that of CFLs. LED lamps also consume less electricity and there is no toxic material (CFLs contains mercury).

Government of India has recognized energy efficiency as a key mitigation strategy to achieve the goal of reduction of carbon emission by 30-35%. As part of the strategy, Govt. had decided to promote energy efficient lighting. On January 5, 2015, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launched the ‘National Programme for LED based Home and Street lighting‘ with the aim to replace incandescent bulbs (ICLs) with LED lights for residential and street lighting. The aim was to install LED lamps for household and street lighting in 100 cities by March, 2016. On March 11, 2016, the LED based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was renamed UJALA, an acronym for Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All. UJALA scheme has played a significant role in creating awareness about energy efficient lights and also led to significant savings to the consumers who are using LED bulbs.


The objective of the UJALA scheme is to replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs for residential and street lighting in India. Through the efforts under UJALA and with the support from industry, the government of India aims to replace 77 crore inefficient bulbs by March 2019. This will lead to a significant reduction in carbon emission, peak energy load  and energy consumption.


Estimated annual energy savings: 1,298 crore kWh
Estimated reduction of peak load: 2,600 MW
Estimated annual cost reduction in energy bills: Rs. 5,195 crore
Estimated annual greenhouse gas emission reduction: 1 crore tonnes of CO2


UJALA program is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Joint Venture Company of PSUs of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, formed to implement energy efficiency projects in India. It is successfully running across 13 states in India namely Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Uttarakhand. In other selected states such as Assam and Tamil Nadu, LEDs are being supplied via the institutional distribution scheme.


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6 comments in “UJALA Scheme for Distribution of LED Bulbs

  • Subhrangshu Chowdhury on

    How can I check the name of person who has received the led bulbs without my knowledge on my name?

  • Naimuddin Ahmed on

    Sir i am a farmar kamrup in assam there is a 15o house worker please help me sir ….


    Hi me ek electronic business man hu..Sonai.. Silchar (assam) .. Kiya ap batayenge ki agar muje ujala scheme ka distributor Lena ke liye Kiya korna porega.. Please contact me..

  • Nirmal trading on


    I have donex led bulb distribution house in assam.
    I suggest you 9w is better than 7w ..our 7w bulb price 80rs& 9w is 90rs our lumens is very good to other products we made 270 digree& 2years guarantee hand to hand replacement.If you want to see our products I provide you sample send your address.
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  • I have been servicing as a social worker in different tea garden in dibrugarh district .most of the families in tea gardens use ordinary bulbs . if govt. could provide LED lights to the workers it would be very grateful . Due to less wages they are not been able to purchase CFL / LED lights .
    Sanjoy Bagh
    Namrup Tea Estate
    PO : Namrup
    Dist : Dibrugarh
    mail :
    mobile : 9954351865

  • Vikram Slathia on

    I am a Tea Estate Manager in Mariani area of Jorhat Dist in Assam.
    There are 375 houses in the estate in habited by workers.
    I wish that they use LED in their houses that will save electricity and their bills will also come down.
    Kindly let me know where can we get 7 and 12 watt LEDs in our area and at what rate are these available.

    Vikram Slathia
    Dessoie Tea Estate
    P.O Mariani
    Assam India 785634

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