Programme to Introduce the Use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDS)
Policy measure

The Trust for Saving Electricity (FIDE) was established in 1990 (APEC, 2006) and is involved in several demand side management programmes. Among many initiatives, the Programme to Introduce the Use of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDS) specifically is directed at introducing energy saving light bulbs for commercial customers and other agents (ECLAC, 2010). 


The LED Program promotes both the use and marketing of LED light bulbs and evaluates promotion mechanisms to design a similar nationwide programme. The argument in favour of this programme is that it is both a good investment and guarantees a high level of reliability and low operating costs, yielding savings of up to 90 percent, and the bulbs have a durability of between 60,000 and 100,000 hours. The programme exclusively targets business and service sectors and is open to all manufacturers and distributors of LEDs, as well as customers wishing to replace old lighting technology with LEDs in a technically and economically sustainable way (ECLAC, 2010).

No identified challenges.

According to ECLAC (2010), the programme has not resulted in any substantial outcomes due to market instability which has affected the companies involved in it.


ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean), 2010. Energy efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean: situation and outlook. Chile: Santiago.

APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation), 2006. Mexico’s Energy Efficiency Financing: Assessment Report. Tokyo.