Ukraine’s latest need: 50 million LED bulbs to alleviate electricity shortages

As Kyiv allies pledged more than $1 billion in aid on Tuesday, they also pledged energy-efficient LED bulbs to ease power shortages and help Ukraine weather the freezing winter months as Russia is pounding the country’s infrastructure.
They pledged at a global meeting, hosted by France, to discuss what could be offered by March to sustain water, food, energy, health and transport during the pandemic. typical frosty Ukrainian winter.
The European Commission said it would provide up to 30 million light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said that 50 million such bulbs would significantly reduce the electricity deficit in the country.
LED bulbs consume on average 75% less energy than traditional bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.
“I hope that other partners will follow us,” said the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told the conference.
She added that the energy savings resulting from the full deployment of 50 million LED bulbs in Ukrainian homes would amount to one gigawatt of electricity, equivalent to the annual output of a nuclear power plant.
Russia has been pounding Ukraine’s energy infrastructure since October, destroying or damaging half of it.
Ukrainian Minister of Economy Yulia Svyridenko said a free program allowing people to swap out LED bulbs will soon be introduced, ultimately helping to reduce energy consumption by 7-10% during peak hours.
“On the one hand, we are increasing the production and distribution of energy”, Svyridenko said in a statement. “And on the other hand, we are implementing energy efficiency measures that can help us survive the winter and reduce energy consumption.”


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