Energy efficient lighting projects that address private households frequently face the challenge that the initial investment into energy efficient lighting technologies (e.g. the CFL) is comparably higher than investment in ordinary lighting equipment. Even if the energy efficient technologies bear potentials for amortisation, in countries with a low per-capita income, the initial investment can be a major barrier for successful promotion of energy efficient lighting. Private households may rather look at immediate expenses than at medium- to long-term savings.
Regarding to this, planning the promotion of energy efficient lighting in private households should cover the following questions:
- Who will pay the costs for implementing the promotion? How?
- Who will pay the lighting technologies? The households? Subsidized? Lighting industry?
- How can the promotion be (economically) sustainable?
- What effects will it have on market development?
Some considerations to these mentioned aspects can be found among the references.
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| The document describes five approaches to support the implementation of energy efficient lighting in households: information campaigns, CFL distribution free of charge, education programmes for students, application of the CDM for CO2 reduction by CFLs.