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Towards SSL based led luminaires: Policy frameworks and global best benchmark practices Ethiopia needs to explore and adopt

Nebyu Yonas
Enyew Adugna


Lighting, which solely accounts for about 20% of world energy consumption, is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emission and environmental degradation. In the 21st century where factors like, environmental pollution, global warming, climate change and resource depletion are threatening earth, energy efficient lighting control strategies and systems are increasingly becoming an obligation. Solid State Lighting (SSL) evolution with the parallel miniaturization and advances in sensing, electronics and computing technologies in the last few decades, has brought a very robust, precise and energyefficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) based luminaire systems. Hence, many countries in the European union, America and Asia took the leading initiatives and responsibility in setting frameworks and policies in their lighting sector of the economy and also incentivizing and implementing  projects in the transformation process towards LED based luminaire systems with promising outcomes. Ethiopia, as a country with a
great ambition to become a power house in East Africa in the coming few years, it needs to explore, craft and or adopt clear lighting
standards, policies and strategies, to shift towards SSL based LED luminaire, benchmarking global best practices.