Bill seeks use of LED lights

Posted on September 13, 2013

A MEASURE requiring all agencies to install light emitting diode (LED) bulbs in offices has been filed at the House of Representatives in a bid to conserve energy and promote a healthy ecology.

Parañaque Rep. Eric L. Olivarez (1st district) filed House Bill (HB) 262 or the LED Light Savings Act of 2013 “to promote economy in governance and in order to protect the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology by ceasing to use all products that contain mercury, a known toxic metal used to run incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.”

“All government offices are hereby required to cease from using incandescent bulbs and fluorescent tube lights and CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs. Instead, government offices are hereby required to replace all their lighting fixtures with LED bulbs,” HB 262 read.

“LED lights emit more efficient light, as they use only 2 to 17 watts of electricity. Thus, it saves almost 70% in energy consumption.” Mr. Olivarez said in his bill’s explanatory note.

He said LED lights do not contain mercury, “a chemical used to run CFL bulbs.”