Programme to Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs
Policy measure

Venezuela has, according to ECLAC (2010), implemented a programme entitled Programme to Replace Incandescent Light Bulbs in 2006. Its aim was to replace incandescent light bulbs with energy saving lamps in residential, commercial, industrial and government buildings.


The first phase focused on replacing 53 million incandescent light bulbs with energy saving lamps. The implementation and distribution of these lamps was carried out with decisive participation from members of the Cuba-Venezuela Youth Brigade with a participation of 2,950 brigade members on 131 working days. This phase culminated on 23 April 2007 with the effective replacement of incandescent light bulbs by energy-saving lamps. The second phase focused on replacing 15,364,793 incandescent light bulbs in commerce, industry and government. In addition, CORPOELEC implemented a third phase to replace incandescent light bulbs. This began in February 2008, and involved the replacement of 11.3 billion light bulbs benefitting 1,890,000 families and leading to a reduction of 569.7 MW in the load curve. (ECLAC, 2010)

No identified challenges.

According to ECLAC (2010), an impact calculation of the project conducted by the National Load Dispatch Management Centre examined the effect on the demand curve of the national electricity system compared to demands over the previous three years. The results of the study revealed that the project yielded a reduction of 1,400 MW in maximum demand in the national system during peak hours (8 p.m.). The study also highlighted a reduction in energy demand from January-April, amounting to 575 GWH. These results implied a potential reduction in energy consumption of 2,486 GWH in 2007.


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